An Unforgettable Ride: Biking From Blois to Chambord in France’s Loire Valley

Chateau de Blois spiral staircase

A few summers ago, I experienced the Loire Valley as I never had before, on a bike. Though there are various types and levels of biking excursions one can take throughout the Châteaux de la Loire region, I found the 1.5 hour ride from Blois to Chambord to be delightful and just challenging enough to break a sweat (for a non-regular rider). We began in Blois with a daytime tour of it’s ... Read Full Article

Exploring Blois, Chambord, and Cheverny

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The 3:47 train from Paris (sounds like an Agatha Christie title) slid swiftly southward into the green Loire Valley, and by 5:30 John and I were in Blois. The hilly town of 50,000 people, rising from the banks of the wide Loire River, was the first stop on this tour of the valley and its famous chateaus. Armed with maps from the tourist office, we set off in the rain to explore. The Old Town ... Read Full Article

France’s Lovely Loire Valley

Amboise Chateau

The lush Loire Valley is the home to some of the most beautiful chateaux in France. Set near meandering rivers and streams, these chateaux are monuments to the glorious history of France. There are dozens of beautiful and historic chateaus in the Loire area, including the following four. Amboise Chateau The Château at Amboise overlooks the river Loire. It was built in the Gothic and ... Read Full Article