Pays de la Loire Local Customs

  • Food market on Place Jeanne d'Arc, Chinon
    Food market on Place Jeanne d'Arc,...
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  • Medieval échaudés biscuits
    Medieval échaudés biscuits
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  • A mighty big paella!
    A mighty big paella!
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Pays de la Loire Local Customs

  • music conservatory La Roche sur Yon

    A classical building in a beautiful square Napoleon or Place Napoléon in La Roche sur Yon, Vendée 85, region of Pays de la Loire. You can study here ! From the city site in French, The musical education provided by the Philharmonic Society, founded in 1867, the school of music at La Roche sur Yon was created in 1934 and became municipal in 1973. In...

  • Free books for all in Chinon!

    I found this book trading post on Rabelais Street, near Place Maribeau. This free book trading system was inaugurated in Chinon in June 2013. People are invited to leave books they're done with and pick new ones up, which is pretty perfect if you've made it through all the books you brought along for the trip! The Chinon library makes sure the box...

  • Thursday morning market in Chinon

    After the one in Blois, the Thursday morning market in Chinon was the one I enjoyed the most. There are smaller food markets on Saturday and Sunday held on Place Général de Gaulle, but the Thursday market is the biggest one in Chinon. The food portion is centered around Place Jeanne d'Arc, and it then stretches along Rabelais Street where you'll...

  • Morning visit to the market in Blois

    One of the customs we very much enjoyed during our trip to the Loire Valley are the open-air markets that seem to be held in most towns. The one we stumbled upon in Blois was quite large and centered around the Place Louis XII, but it extended over the nearby St-Lubin and Anne de Bretagne streets. People set up their booths around 7:00 am and stay...

  • chocolate candy in the shape of a roof

    Thanks a lot for the link, that was very helpful!A friend of a friend also mentioned the local specialty in that town, "the Quernon d'ardoise", a candy covered in blue chocolate. It looks delicious: you ever tasted it or heard about it?Thanks again!

  • Misericords

    This custom is both local and universal. When choir stalls were equipped with hinged seats that swing upward to increase the standing room, it quickly became the custom to have a projection on the underside of the seat to give support to the occupant who was required to stand for long periods of time. Rooms for the relaxation for those worthies...


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