The Loire’s Castles and Gardens

Chateau Villandry

Touring in the Loire Valley means you don't have to travel far to see the grand chateaus and pretty villages that dot the landscape. John and I stayed in one place, Chenonceaux, and found a multitude of treasures on short day trips along and over the rivers that wind through this green, broad valley. The farthest we drove was to Fontevraud Abbey. Fontevraud was high on my list because I'm ... Read Full Article

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

Loire Valley: Ladies, Leonardo, and Sleeping Beauty

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France's Loire Valley is renowned for its magnificent chateaus. Scores are scattered over the landscape and choosing which to see is a challenge. On this leg of our journey, John and I rented a car and made our home base in the quiet village of Chenonceaux, staying in a hotel just 300 meters from the chateau. Chenonceau Chateau is one of the most visited sites in France for good reason. Elegantly ... Read Full Article

France’s Lovely Loire Valley

Amboise-Le-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. The Château at Amboise overlooks the river Loire. It is built in the Gothic and Renaissance style ... Read Full Article