In the meantime

To close the “Loire Valley chapter”, you can check more details on a website regarding the  Western France Tourist Board.

In this particular region people are welcoming but can be slightly…reluctant to converse (different culture – different attitude). If you start it is fine, but otherwise they will smile and shake their heads with nothing more.

Accommodations such as “gîte rural & chambre d’hôte” (guest house), are second to none – clean and warm. The breakfast buffet is a delight and the choice is just incredible – fresh baguettes, croissants, pains au chocolat…without forgetting the homemade jam and marmalade (no marmite though).

Discover the real taste

The Loire Valley is visually incredible…but there is more.

Loads of local producers : cheeses, wines, vegetables…endless list with varied flavours.

Some places are really incredible. Always warm welcome and so many things to try.

We advise not to eat lunchtime if you are planning to visit some cellars and vineyards, simply because there are so much to enjoy and the experience wouldn’t be complete if you didn’t follow the full circuit.

And as the French say “allez…un dernier verre pour la route”.

They talked about them – We saw them

So many people are exploring the globe and so many are talking about some wonders and marvels.

But, it is only by going there that you realise the sizes and dimensions of the cities and buildings.

However, not all constructions are in cities, if that makes sense.

Take the example of the French castles – or “châteaux” as the French call them – most of them are in the countryside.

There are about 30 of them in the Loire Valley. So, where is the Loire Valley region ?

Easy way to go there is by Eurostar from London St Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord. Catch the métro to Gare Montparnasse and jump in a TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse), that’s the High Speed Train and you are there.

Lovely surroundings…flat landscapes, loads of fields – all very quaint.

So, here is a sample of what we saw.

Chambord

Cheverny

Chenonceau

So, is that not tempting ? And we haven’t spoken about the food and wine yet !