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Place Saint-Louis, 41250 Chambord, France
Location, location, location. You can’t get much closer to the action at Chateau de Chambord than by planning a stay at Hotel Grand St. Michel. Nestled right next to this castle of King François I, you have unobstructed views of the largest...
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41700 Cheverny, France
We were in the Loire Valley for the wedding of friends, and the one day when there were no real festivities, we planned to bike from Blois (where we were staying) to Chateau de Cheverny. It had been some time since I'd biked a long distance, let...
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45 Rue de Varennes, 36210 Chabris, France
A seven day bike ride through Loire Valley France. The French countryside food is the best food in the world! Sorry Italy.
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41250 Chambord, France
...early summer light filtering through a window in the 16th-century Chateau de Chambord. This Renaissance palace began as a hunting lodge for François I. Leonardo da Vinci may have played a role in designing part of it. Today, it's the largest...
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106 Rue du Commerce, 37000 Tours, France
If you’re traveling in the Loire valley in France, you’ll sure end up in the city of Tours. Is in the path to the Loire castles, there’s the beautiful cathedral, the quaint rues and the famous Place Plumereau or Place Plum as locals call it. The...
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Les Hautes Roches, 86190 Quinçay, France
Les Hautes Roches is a luxury Relais & Châteaux hotel with rooms set into the rocks of the cliffs above the Loire river. It has a gastronomic restaurant and is a great base for visiting the Loire Valley.
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Rue Victor Hugo - 124, Promenade de Waulsort, 37210 Noizay, France
During a recent tour of the Loire Valley in France, I had the wonderful pleasure of staying overnight in the beautiful Chateau de Noizay. I stayed in the suite name Mme Seivigne and felt like a princess. This shot was taken from the original hand...
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D729, La Forêt, 37420 Rigny-Ussé, France
This chateau built in the 15th and 16th centuries was said to have inspired Charles Perrault to write his fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. It has beautiful gardens with views of the Indre river and it beautifully decorated - including a room with a...
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Rue de Pineau, 37190 Azay-le-Rideau, France
I lived in France for a bit and with every day my love continues to grow beyond any words could ever describe. One of my favorite parts was visiting the centuries old architecture still standing representing the rich pride the French have for...
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37500 Chinon, France
The medieval fortress and royal castle are big draws in this quaint town along the Vienne river but the real charm comes from being perched above and taking in the sweeping views of medieval Chinon. This shot was taken over Easter weekend - a time...
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1 Château du Petit Thouars, 37500 Saint-Germain-sur-Vienne, 37500 Saint-Germain-sur-Vienne, France
It only looks like pita but this round, airy Fouée bread, a traditional specialty of the Touraine province in France, has a distinct story and utility of its own. According to legend, the Fouée emerged when bakers would test their wood ovens by...
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Château, 41250 Chambord, France
Only two hours outside of Paris, Chateau de Chambord is the largest chateau in the Loire Valley, but it remains unfinished. It was originally built as a hunting lodge for King Francois I and is massive! Once Francois passed away the chateau was...
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41150 Chaumont-sur-Loire, France
Not only is this a beautiful château but is has an incredible view of Loire Valley. Besides the chateau which often houses an art exhibit on its top floor, there are multiple gardens on the grounds that are gorgeous. There is a garden festival...
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37150 Chenonceaux, France
Along a most beautiful path way you first come across an emerald laden canopied moat, where you can imagine the gallantry of renaissance horse riding. To your left, as you draw nearer to the chateau, you pass the Italian maze created by Catherine...
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2 Rue du Château, 49260 Brézé, France
Château de Brézé is a very interesting chateau outside of Saumur. You don't visit it for the chateau above ground which includes a dry-moat, you visit it for its trogloditic basement where some of the chateau's vineyard activity takes place. It's...
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17 Rue Montorgueil, 75001 Paris, France
So, you think you know Paris? There are hundreds of memorable streets and boulevards in the City of Lights. But, for my money, Rue Montorgueil is the best. It is compact, only three blocks long, with a metro stop at each end. In between, you have...
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Chamarel, Mauritius
Nowhere in the world can one find sand of the sort that appears as if by magic, seeping out of the earth and turning the topography into rainbow waves, like at Chamarel in Mauritius. It's reported to be truly one-of-a-kind in the most explicit...