Loire Valley Journals

Memories Of France

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A travel journal to Loire Valley by Meggysmum

Azay-le-Rideau Chateau Photo, Azay-le-Rideau, France More Photos
Quote: Highlights of one of our touring holidays in France
Quiet Road to Chateau at Usse Photo, Loire Valley, France
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I have visited France with my family several times in the last 8 years but we have always stayed by the coast. This year we thought we would like a change so we decided to venture into the Loire Valley. I must admit I didn’t do a lot of research before I made the booking so I opted for an area that looked easy to get too and then opted for a caravan site that looked promising. The Loire Valley is in fact separated into several departments and we were actually staying in the Anjou region, very close to Touraine, the closest large town was Saumur.We sailed overnight to St Malo and then found we had an easy drive down to our destination of about 5 hours. Due to the fact we tow a caravan w...Read More

Fontevraud Abbey/Fontevrault Abbey

Attraction | "Impressive Abbey"

Fontevraud Abbey/Fontevrault Abbey Photo, Loire Valley, France
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This Abbey is situated quite close to Saumur. It is easy to find place to park in Fontevraud but we did find it a little tricky to actually find the Abbey! The signs are not very useful and we realised that we were not the only people wondering aimlessly up the High street when actually you needed to head down the hill slightly. The entrance area is all newly built and guided tours are sometimes avavilable in English but there is a good English information sheet available.Once you spot the Abbey you can not believe you didn’t notice it before as it looms very obviously over the shops in the small town. The building was an Abbey from about 1100 until 1792, in 1804 it became a stat...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 30, 2009

Fontevraud Abbey/Fontevrault Abbey
Village of Fontevraud-l'Abbaye
Chinon, Anjou

Le Tour De France

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The Caravan of Le Tour Photo, Caen, France
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I was brought up in a household that loved cycling and every year we avidly watched the Tour de France on the television (once it started to be shown on Channel 4). I spent my 20s lusting after Miguel Indurain who had the best legs I had ever seen. I could not believe my luck when a few years ago I found that we were visiting France at the same time as the tour was on and it would be in an area not far from where we were staying.Le Tour runs for three weeks and is possibly the most gruelling race in the world and the cyclists are amazing. We checked where the tour would be and made a point of planning it into our holiday. If ever you are around where the tour will be, even if you are n...Read More

Puy du Fou Cinescenie & Grand Park

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Attraction | "Gladiators and Tigers in France in 2009?"

Puy du Fou Cinescenie & Grand Park Photo, La Rochelle, France
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We have travelled to France several times and we had heard about The Grand Parc at Puy du Fou but it is billed as a Medieval Theme Park and it really didn't appeal to me! However having "done" many of the attractions in the area and faced with another day of dodgy weather we decided to give it a go. The tickets were about 25 euro for adults and 15 for children. However when I enquired about directions at our campsite office they told me that we could buy tickets from them with a 5 euro discount each. This seems to be common practice in the area so either book online or through your accommodation if possible to bag a bargain! They also informed me that it was a simple journey and would be w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 30, 2009

Puy du Fou Cinescenie & Grand Park
30 rue Georges Clemenceau
La Rochelle, France
00 33 (0)2 5164 1111

Azay-le-Rideau Chateau

Attraction | "Beautiful Chateau"

Azay-le-Rideau Chateau Photo, Azay-le-Rideau, France
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The town of Azay-le Rideau is small and the chateau is well-sign-posted for the visitor. There is free parking available and then it is just a short walk to the chateau. The original gateway is just to the right of the official entrance so it is possible to peek through the wrought iron gates to see the chateau as the visitors in the 1500s would have first seen it. Children are admitted free with paying adults and audio-guides in several languages were available to hire very cheaply (1euro each).The chateau was commissioned by Gilles Berthelot in 1515 and took about 12 years to complete. There was originally a small fortification on the site but he used his wife’s inheritance to add an...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 30, 2009

Azay-le-Rideau Chateau
rue Pineau
Azay-le-Rideau, France 37190
(0)2 47 45 42 04

Saumur

Attraction | "Traditinal Old Town"

Imposing Chateau at Saumur Photo, Saumur, France
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Saumur is an impressive traditional town set on the banks of the Loire river.The toursit information centre is located near the river and there is plenty of free parking down by the river banks. Maps are available from the office with markes routes for walking. It is possible to take river cruises from Saumur but we did not get to try those. The chateau is set above the old quarter and can be seen from a fair distance away. This part of the town offers the chance for a charming walk with many interesting buildings. There are some timbered properties that date back to the 15th century which reminded me very much of the market town I live in. However most of the property had a more...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 30, 2009

Camping l'Etang de la Breche

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Hotel | "Camping in Style"

Camping l'Etang de la Breche Photo, Varennes-sur-Loire, France
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We have been taking a touring caravan to France for several years and we have to travel during the school holidays. This has led us to some very busy and noisy sites in the past so I always feel more than a little apprehensive when I book a new site.This trip saw us opt for Camping l’Etang de la Breche near Saumur in the Loire Valley. The site is part of the Les Castels chain. Things did not start well when we had difficulty finding the campsite. The directions that we had been given by the agency we booked with were incorrect and if we hadn’t happened to have seen a small sign we would have started the holiday trying to reverse our caravan back up a very narrow road.As we turned i...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 30, 2009

Camping l'Etang de la Breche
Varennes-sur Loire
Varennes-sur Loire 49730
+33 2 41 51 22 92