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Nice week end in Loire Valley...around 17°, beautiful colours of the autumn...the charm was there ! On the Saturday we began by Azay le Rideau and Chenonceau. Then, we have slept a night in a charming hotel in the old quarter of Tours. On Sunday: go to visit Chambord. Around noon, let's have a picnic before visit Cheverny, the castle of the Captain Haddock !

(first pictures of this we: the castle of Azay le Rideau)
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Discover Tours !
http://www.tours-tourisme.fr/index_en.php

"Tours is a city in central France, the capital of the Indre-et-Loire department.

It is located on the lower reaches of the river Loire, between Orléans and the Atlantic coast. Touraine, the region around Tours, is known for its wines, the alleged perfection (as perceived by some speakers) of its local spoken French, and for the famous Battle of Tours in 732. It is also the site of the Paris–Tours road bicycle race. Tours is the largest city in the Centre region of France, although it is not the regional capital, which resides in its second-largest city of Orléans. In 2006, the city itself had 142,000 inhabitants and the metropolitan area had 306,974.
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In Gallic times the city was important as a crossing point of the Loire. Becoming part of the Roman Empire during the first century AD, the city was named "Caesarodunum" ("hill of Caesar"). The name evolved in the 4th century when the original Gallic name, Turones, became first "Civitas Turonum" then "Tours". It was at this time that the amphitheatre of Tours, one of the five largest in the Empire, was built. Tours became the metropolis of the Roman province of Lugdunum towards 380–388, dominating the Loire Valley, Maine and Brittany. One of the outstanding figures of the history of the city was Saint Martin, second bishop who shared his coat with a naked beggar in Amiens. This incident and the importance of Martin in the medieval Christian West made Tours, and its position on the route of pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, a major centre during the Middle Ages."
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Elegance and refinement of the 16th: the Château d'Azay-le-Rideau.

"Built on the foundations of a medieval fortress in the heart of Touraine,the Château d'Azay-le-Rideau is the creation of a wealthy financier of François I, Gilles de Berthelot. Standing in the centre of a romantic park, this masterpiece of 16th-century architecture has preserved, with the passing years,all the refinement, elegance and grace of an exceptional Renaissance château.On the UNESCO World Heritage list."

The official website: http://azay-le-rideau.monuments-nationaux.fr/en/
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Discover the Amboise Castle in this video clip !

"This medieval fortress made way for a royal residence during the reigns of Kings Charles VIII and François I (late 15th - early 16th century). The Court and numerous men and women of letters and European artists stayed at Amboise on the sovereigns' invitation, as did Lenardo da Vinci, for example, whose tomb is placed today in the chateau's chapel. This renowed renowned site for French history has an exceptional collection of Gothic and Renaissance furniture, a reference of the artistic finery in the first French Renaissance."

More informations on its website: http://www.chateau-amboise.com/
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The castle of the Sleeping Beauty ("La belle au bois dormant") is in France...if you are in the region of the Loire Valley, this charming castle called Château d'Ussé deserves your visit !

Its website (only in french): http://www.chateaudusse.fr/
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Do you remember Tintin, the comic strip ? The movie will arrive very soon in your cinema, do you know you can visit the castle if its friend the captain Haddock ?

"Since its first appearance in "The Secret of the Unicorn" and "Red Rackham’s Treasure", Marlinspike Hall has become a haven of peace and a home base for Tintin and his friends. This special relationship has encouraged the Cheverny estate and the Hergé Foundation to come together to create a permanent exhibition called the Secrets of Marlinspike Hall."

This place is also "an original jewel among the more famous monuments that stretch along the Loire Valley. In fact, Renaissance style did not find its place in Cheverny, which is built in the purest Louis XIII classical style, distinguished by an extraordinarily symmetrical architecture."

Visit the website for more informations: http://chateau-cheverny.fr/uk_accueil.php
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One of our favourites: Chenonceau Castle.

Property of the Crown, then royal residence, Chenonceau Castle is an exceptional site not only because of its original design, the richness of its collections, its furniture and its decorations, but also because of its destiny, since it was loved, administrated and protected by women, who were all extraordinary and who, for the most part have marked history.[...] Chenonceau Castle has an exceptional museum collection of the Old Masters’ paintings: Murillo, Le Tintoret, Nicolas Poussin, Le Corrège, Rubens, Le Primatice, Van Loo... as well as an extremely rare selection of Flanders Tapestries from the 16th century.[...]

Discover this beautiful place on its official website:

http://www.chenonceau.com/en
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Wealth and beauties of the Loire Valley - France
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One of the most beautiful region of France. The region has been included on the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites since 30 November 2000, for the richness of the patromony: history, landscapes wich give a touch of romantism and authenticity to the numerous castles and places to visit.
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