Pays de la Loire Off The Beaten Path

  • Nice woman waving at us from her troglodyte house
    Nice woman waving at us from her...
    by Jefie
  • Another troglodyte dwelling in Amboise
    Another troglodyte dwelling in Amboise
    by Jefie
  • Church of Saint Rémi, we stop.
    Church of Saint Rémi, we stop.
    by gwened

Pays de la Loire Off The Beaten Path

  • Porte Saint Michel, Guérande

    The Saint-Michel gate is the main entrance to the fortified city of Guérande. Its monumental architecture, dated from the middle of the 15C, reflects the prestige and power of the city in the middle ages. It forms, with its two towers framing the doors carriage and pedestrian, a logis-Châtelet. First home of Captain of the city under the authority...

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  • Chateau de Malicorne,Malicorne sur...

    another wonderful castle in Sarthé dept of Pays de la Loire region. For info this castle is private but partially open to the public.I passed by here often, did and now found the pictures to show. The castle ground floor is open to visitors every summer from Wednesday to Sunday. From July 9th to August 31st ;In the morning from 10am to 12am ,and In...

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  • le Pont de la Ville ou Vallée, Clisson

    This is a nice bridge we found parking nearby and walk on it, nice , it is from the 15C! built in granite on the river Sèvre by the duke of Brittany François II. It served to link the districts of la Trinité and of Saint-Antoine to the inner old city of Clisson. It has Six arches unequal sizes and five massive pylons.more in French from the city of...

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  • old castle ruins at Clisson

    Its ruins alright but nice, and many activities there including the big wine fest of the muscadet wine area.I took the photo several years back maybe 2010, been to the area for wines;:;:;: the castle is nice if into history and architecture of the times.Here is in French from the city...

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  • Church Notre Dame of Clisson

    This is nice Church, with a big belltower, passing by the town as it is in muscadet wine region, stop by the town and came upon this imposing tower and Church by the Place Notre Dame.The original building it is said to be from the 14-15C done by Olivier V de Clisson ,but the current one is from 1887-1888 done like an old roman basilica.The saddest...

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  • église Saint Rémi , Pouillé

    a nice small Church in another quaint town of the dept 85 Vendée in the region of Pays de la Loire.right on the town is the old settlement of Tasciaca of the roman route from Tours to Bourges.The church of Saint-Rémi is small but nice to stop by on my road warrior days in France.you have a nice diaporama of the town in photos here...

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  • Troglodyte dwellings in Amboise

    These houses carved right out of the cliff date back to as early as the 12th century. There are about 25,000 such structures in France, many of which can be found in the Loire Valley. We had almost as much difficulty finding them than pronouncing their name (troglodytique, in French), but once we did we were amazed by the charm of these so-called...

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  • Church Sacré Coeur of La Roche sur Yon

    Another wonderful religious building in La Roche sur Yon is the church of Sacré Coeur at 11 rue Mermoz and very near the famous high school or lycée of the same name nearby at 72 Rue Guynemer.one of my passing and thought nice to have a picture, recuperated from my vault.info on the Catholic site of the church and...

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  • Church Saint Louis-La Roche sur Yon

    a wonderful church in an even nicer square or place Napoleon, with a statue of him!the Catholic info on the church in French is herehttp://paysyonnais.catho85.org/A bit of history, my hobby, When Napoleon Iér decided the foundation of the present town of La Roche sur Yon in 1804, the building of the church was not intended. However the church was...

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  • ancien hôpital St Jean:museum Angers

    This is a wonderful ensemble often missed but you all need to see, one from my vault. The hospital of Saint-John housed until 1870 the hôtel-Dieu of Angers and care for the sick, it was one of the oldest of this sort in France at the time.In 1966, after the death of her husband, Jean , Simone Lurçat gave as bequest the song of the world or the...

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  • Tour Saint Aubin, Angers

    this is a special tower of the remains of the abbey of Saint Aubin, right on pl St Aubin, Angers.The abbey goes back way back to around 559AD but destroyed in 1811. What is left is the tower or tour Saint Aubin.a bit of historyThe BellTower of the Abbey Saint-Aubin is less old than the adjoining Abbey. It was erected in the 12C. It dominates the...

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  • Les Rosiers

    Les Rosiers is a small town just off the North bank of thr Loire (2K pop.), that is considered an appendage of Gien (also 2K pop) on the South bank. They are joined by one of the few suspension bridges over the upper Loire which gave us access to Cunault and Fontevrault from our base above Angers. In the neat town center is a Renaissance church...

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  • The Mayenne Valley

    The Mayenne river runs through the departments of Mayenne and Maine and Loire passing the small city of Mayenne (14K pop.) and ending in te Loire at Angers. The valley has steep side and with only a few river crossings. It is surrounded by pleasant French forest and can be seen from various vantage points as here near the Chateau de Plessis at...

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  • Troglodyte Dwellings

    At the end of one of our half-day van tours we stopped for wine in a limestone cave along the Loire River. The cave was one of many called Troglodytes in the region. The history of these Troglodytes peaked my interest and this is what I found to share with you:The soft limestone (tufa) of the banks of rivers in Central France is perfect for cave...

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  • Luynes

    Luynes has a castle, but by the time we went there, we were already quite satisfied with the castles we had seen. But the aqueduct from Roman times was worthwhile seeing!

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