Pays de la Loire Things to Do

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  • Things to Do
    by codrutz
  • Things to Do
    by codrutz

Pays de la Loire Things to Do

  • Les Machines De L'Isle De Nantes

    Nantes Things to Do

    Continuing our story of the Galerie des machines, and its mechanical marvels we went to a demonstration in the back , of the Avion. The airplane The first time we heard this word for the latin base languages we know it came from the word aviation latin for avis that means bird and actio that means action. It was mentioned first in 1863 by the...

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  • La Cathedrale Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul...

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    Nantes Things to Do

    The cathedral is inmense with a rich architecture inside housing the tombs of the last duke of Brittany François II and his wife Marguerite de Foix. This tomb in marbre that sculptor Michel Colombe took five years to do between 1502-1507,is decorated with 12 apostles and four woman representing force, prudence, temperament, and justice. It was...

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  • Chateau Des Ducs De Bretagne

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    Nantes Things to Do

    Well administrative not part of Brittany by an oversight in 1941, but historicall and personally part of Brittany ,the great city of Nantes. Home of the rightful name castle of the dukes of Brittany in city center close by the quai malakoff and the river. it is here since the 13C to the 15C as resident of the Dukes of Brittany. The kings of...

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  • Bouffay - The Old City

    Nantes Things to Do

    The oldest quarter of the town. This is the first area where I ended up when arriving from airport with shuttle bus. There is bus and tram stop called Commerce. Major bus and tram lines are going around the city from this place. You can find many wooden fronted medieval houses in that quarter. In the picture is rue Marne...the red flags mark the...

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  • Opera Graslin

    Nantes Things to Do

    Walking along rue de Voltaire we saw several stores around, some nice buildings (pic 1) but the most impressive was L’Opera Graslin (pics 2-3 ). It was built at the end of 18th century (1788) by architect M.Crucy in italian style but damaged by fire in 1796 and had to be rebuilted. It took the name of Jean-Louis Graslin that was the owner of the...

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  • Le Jardin des Plantes

    Nantes Things to Do

    Its a botanical garden, located in city centre. Locals are really proud of their Magnolias in there and they have one what is more than 200 years old. Very nice place to visit. Has ponds, grotto, palm house etc.

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  • Passage Pommeraye

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    Nantes Things to Do

    This is amazing place from 1843. Jean-Baptiste Buron and Hippolyte Durand Gasselin, contributed to its design, which is very elaborate and includes renaissance style sculptures. Lot of movies have used this interior - found videoclip of Chantal Remy in...

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  • Walking around Old Blois

    Even though Blois is a fairly large city with a population of about 50,000 people, the Old City area is fairly small and compact, which makes it possible and enjoyable to visit on foot. The historic area located between Castle hill and Cathedral hill is incredibly charming, earning it a spot on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. I especially...

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  • The bishop's gardens in Blois

    In 1697, a beautiful bishop's palace was built right behind the Cathedral St-Louis in Blois. Right from the start, plans were laid to surround the palace with beautiful gardens. The bishop's palace has now become Blois's City Hall and, in 1991, the gardens were redesigned and open to the public (admission is free). Because they are located on top...

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  • Churches to visit in Blois

    There are several churches worth visiting in Blois. The first one we stopped by, St-Vincent-de-Paul, was built during the 17th century by the Jesuits. Its architecture reflects the style described in the decrees issued by the Council of Trent in reaction to the protestant reformation. The church is lavishly decorated, mostly thanks to the...

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  • A visit to Blois Castle

    Blois Castle dates back to the 13th century. Historically as well as architecturally, it is one of the Loire Valley's most important castles. Louis XII was the first king of France to call it home, followed by François I and Henri III (in total, 7 kings and 10 queens stayed at the castle). As each new king moved in, the castle was expanded until it...

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  • Historical buildings in Orléans

    There are plenty of historical buildings in Orléans, but since we were a bit jetlagged, we only had time to see a few. Two that stood out for me were the Collégiale St-Pierre le Puellier and Hôtel Groslot. The Collégiale St-Pierre is the oldest church still standing in Orléans. Dating back to the 12th century, one of its most famous parishioners...

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  • Medieval architecture in Orléans

    Even though it's now a moderately-sized city, during the Middle Ages, Orléans was one of France's three wealthiest cities along with Paris and Rouen. Going for a walk around the old part of town (I'd suggest exploring the little streets located between Rue de Bourgogne and the Loire) is the best way to see what's left of that beautiful Medieval...

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  • Place du Matroi in Orléans

    Place du Matroi is the best-known square in the city of Orléans and has recently undergone major restoration work to better showcase its lovely architecture. Archeological digs have revealed that the square was once used as a wheat market and for public executions so, as such, it has always held an important place in the city's history. The statue...

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  • Cathédrale Ste-Croix d'Orléans

    This cathedral is dedicated to the Holy Cross, a piece of which used to be housed in the old church that used to stand where the cathedral is now located. The previous cathedral that was built on this site was one the biggest cathedrals in the country. However, it had been built so fast that it collapsed after a mere 200 years. The present...

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  • Chateau du Lude, le Lude

    one of the first castles you see coming south to the Loire area; just south of Le Mans on the D307 road. The castle origins goes back to the 9C, it passes thru several owners until the current one the Count Louis-Jean de Nicolay and his wife countess Barbara.Located among the castles of the Loire the further north, the site is occupied since the...

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  • Marais Salant, Guérande

    one of the main attractions here is to come and see how sea salt is collected and process here, one of the oldest sites in France and still in use.The sel de guérande is well sought after by chefs and lovers of good food all over the world.At terre du sel, you will see it all. In addition to the tourist office in contact, this is the official site...

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  • Chateau de Guérande

    a wonderful medieval fortification right in the city and lovely surrounding.passing by always a pleasure another of the wonders of the pays de la loire but very much in Bretagne's eyes....Now mostly you have a beautiful preserve ramparts running along the main road of town bd de l'Abreuvoir to bd du Nord.a wonderful ride full of history. Inside you...

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  • Collegiale church St Aubin,Guérande

    a very primitive site and old church, first dating is from 6C on the first building. then on the 9C to 10C it was known as the Basilica of Solomon,13C came back as basilica St Aubin,in a roman style of construction.From 1380 a gothic facade is done.Completely left to decay during and shortly after the French revolution, it came back to cult in...

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  • abbey of Fontevraud

    a magnificent abbey with great historical significance. Here lies Aliénor d'Aquitaine and Henri II of England, along others.The abbey was founded in 1101, the town is named Fontevraud-L'Abbaye. The monks and the hermit of Robert d'Arbrissel came in 1096,and received here the Pope Urbain II. Becoming a predicator Robert d'Arbrissel is quickly found...

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  • The beach at Les Sables d'Olonne

    a wonderful beach town not far from me and easy on the A11 road from Paris or the train station in town. I like the history of all these places so here it is a bit on les sables d'olonneAt the end of the middle ages, marine trade develop and the flourishing D'olonne country exports to Northern Europe its salt and its wine, the surrounding villages...

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  • Chateau de Chateaubriant

    It is a wonderful medieval castle with some lower part from the renaissance, in a picturesque town in pays de la loire. I go here often passing by most of the time but you always never too far from a beauty in France.A bit of historyThe Château de Châteaubriant is a highly reworked medieval fortress to the Renaissance era. The castle was...

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  • Cathedral Saint Julien -Le Mans

    one of the most symbolic buildings in town and one of the biggest gallo roman churches in France, the Cathedral of Saint Julien is awesome and a must see.Its construction began in 1060AD by the bishop Vulgrin, but it was not done in its actual form only in 1430. The Cathedral was not really never finish, efforts to enlarge it went sour for lack of...

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  • Chateau de Saumur

    first of all do not missed this event in the castlehttp://www.chateau-saumur.fr/it would be the highlight of your visit to it. The castle is emblematic of the Loire region, the town been already mentioned and pillage in 845AD.a bit of history which for me is the importance of visiting these wonderful buildingsThe Château de Saumur was first...

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  • Chateau du Roi Rene, Angers

    one of the oldest castle fortress still in good condition, a lovely passing for me on my job duties in Angers. you paid 8,50€ as of now to enter but Worth it indeed, good for the whole family and learn the history of France.You have an excellent view of the city as it is at an altitude of between 35 and 45 meters. Dominating the river Maine that...

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  • Musée de David,Angers

    a wonderful gallery next to the fine arts museum or beaux-arts but nicer in my opinion, you see great sculptures by Pierre-Jean David, dit David d'Angers (1788-1856), and founded in 1839.It has been there for nearly 150 years in the refectory of the Musée des Beaux-Arts of the city. Then back in the 80's the decision was taken to transfer in the...

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  • Chateau Cheverny

    The home of the Count of Cheverny, this castle is one of few still in private hands. It was built in 1624 and although less "castle like" on the outside has a more complete view of period life in the rooms inside.

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  • Church of Notre Dame_ Vouvant

    This is one of the most beautiful towns of France or the plus beaux villages de France, and the church is a must. Also one of the petite cité des character du pays de la loire.Originally, the Church was made up of two aisles and nine bays. The crypt, which the shape fits that of the choir, has retained its old low parts. Several sculptures, among...

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  • If you can only visit one chateau . . ."

    Someone asked on the forum "If you could only visit one chateau, which would it be and why?" Here is my answer. (Obviously choosing one is very difficult.)Chateaus are a little more difficult because there are so many and such different styles. I suspect Villandry is my favorite although I dearly love both Azay-le-Rideau and Chenonceau. It would be...

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  • If you can only visit one cathedral . ....

    Someone asked what cathedral we would visit if we could only visit one . . . and why. Here was my choice.If I could only visit one cathedral, it would have to be Chartres. The cathedral itself is amazing. When you walk in, there is an amazing feeling of history. If the sun is shining, the stained glass windows throw glowing reflections on the...

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  • Château de Chenonceau

    This estate has been around at least since the 11th century. In recent history, it was used as a temporary hospital during WW1. In WW2 during the Nazi Occupation, a many escaped through the castle to unoccupied France on the south side. Its entrance was in occupied France.A visit here can easily take half a day and the photo opportunities are...

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  • Medieval fortress of Chinon

    This Medieval French-English fortress has become famous because of the movie Joan of Arc. Her spirit must still be dwelling somewhere between the castle ruins on the rock.It's here in this place that she recognized the real king Charles VII among the nobles.I visited the castle earlier in 1980, and then this place was nothing but a messy ruin....

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  • Visit the chateau of Chambord

    In this region of France, you should visit a couple of the world-famous chateaux.They are considered as World Heritage by the Unesco organisation.We visited Chambord, Chenonceau and Azay le Rideau since we were there only for a week.Chambord is the biggest of all these castles.It was used by the former king of France (François).If there is 1 castle...

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  • Angers

    If you're touring the Loire region then the town of Angers is worth a stop. It's also a good town to base yourself in, not too huge but with plenty of life & nightlife.The town features many must-sees: the Château d'Angers (a massively impregnable fortress with impressive grounds), the St.Maurice Cathedral (a wonderfully ornate 900 year old gothic...

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  • Chateau Chenonceau

    Built in 1515 by Thomas Bohier, this became royal property in the reign of Francis the first when Bohier defaulted on debt. Henry II gave this property to his Mistress Diane, however in 1559 upon his death Catherine Medeci his legimate wife had Diane booted and took over the castle for herself.

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  • Chateau Chambord

    Built in 1519 by Francis the first, this is the largest Chateau in the Loire Valley. Although it can't be confirmed its believe that Leonarda da Vinci who was resident at Francis court at the time helped design the Chateau.

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  • Chenonceau on The River Cher

    The castle Chenonceau stetches over the Cher River with a 197-foot gallery built over a series of arches. The rooms are all furnished with fine paintings and tapestries. The chapel's stained glass windows were destroyed by a bomb in 1944 and were replaced in 1953.There is door below the kitchen that opens onto the River Cher where supplies were...

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  • Chateau de Cour-Cheverny

    Cheverny, one of the best known Loire chateaux, belongs to the decendants of the Hurault family well-known in Blois from the 13th century. Boyer of Blois was the architect of Cheverny and it was fashioned after the Luxembourg Palace in Paris. The erection of Cheverny was to have set the French style in 1630-1640. The chateau is richly furnished and...

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  • Chateau de Chambord

    Chambord is the best known castle in the Loire Valley, it is also the largest, it has 440 rooms and 365 fireplaces. As you walk down the walkway towards the castle it is overwhelming huge. It was built more than 400 years ago (started in 1519) and Francois I (who it was built for) only spent 42 days there. The architect believed by some to be...

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  • Clos Luce - Home of da Vinci

    Clos Luce is in Amboise near Chateau d'Amboise and it is where da Vinci lived out the remaining three years of his life (he died May 2, 1519). His bed upon which he died is on display. In the basement of the chateau are models of his inventions (made by IBM); from the submarine to the helicopter and including a bicyle - pretty phenominal. This man...

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  • CHATEAU DE CHAMBORD

    If you love castles, the Loire Valley is the place to be. CHATEAU DE CHAMBORD was my favourite castle and is the most fascinating and therefore the most touristic castle in the Loire "Valley of the Kings". Not only is there no other chateau like Chambord, but it is also the grandest illustration of Renaissance art.Built by King Francois I mainly to...

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  • Nantes is Worth a Visit

    Nantes is the largest city in the Pays de la Loire (250K pop). It is not far from here to the Atlantic Coast beaches. It has a large and interesting ex-fortress chateau and a different and interesting cathedral which contains a masterpiece of Renaissance sculture: the Tomb of Francois II, Duke of Brittany. Nantes is a busy business and shipping...

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  • Do Not Forget to Visit Fontevrault Abbey

    The Abbey of Fontevrault ( in French Fontevraud l'Abbeye) is out in the country next to its small town (1850 pop.), 10 miles south of Saumur. It is one of the main sites of Anjou (Maine-et-Loire). It is one of the few "complete" monasteries in France (actually it was primarily a nunnery). It contains an excellent Romanesque church and a renowned...

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  • Plan a Trip to Saumur (City) and Its...

    The Chateau of Saumur stand on a promontory at th west end of town on the highest spot.The "rounded" capped corner towers make it appear very imposing. It contains 2 interesting museums, one of them about the horse The city (34K pop.) has a cavalry academy and an old town.(More Tips under Saumur). There is a bridge over the Loire at Saumur.

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  • Go to Le Mans for Its Cathedral

    The Roman walls are of course older than the cathedral, which overlaps Chartres in its period of construction. The church is part Romanesque and part Gothic with famous flying buttresses. The South porch contains column statues created at the same time as those of the Royal Portal of Chartres and St.-Loup-de-Naud near Provins. The nave shows both...

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