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Leonardo da Vinci in the Loire Valley

Leonardo da Vinci not only invented the ancestor of the modern car, he conceptualised a crank-powered armoured tank and designed a humanoid automaton, a mechanical …

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The prettiest villages in the Loire Valley

The Loire Valley AKA the Valley of Kings is brimming with castles. There are historic towns like Tours, Amboise and Orleans. And then there are …

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A taste of the Loire Valley

The lure of the Loire – chateaus, gateaus and tasty treats – it’s an irresistible combination. Some things are made for each other. Peaches and …

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How to spend two perfect days in the Loire Valley

The Loire Valley is famed for its lengthy history of Kings, political intrigue and exquisite chateaux. Many are world famous but there are some less …

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International Garden Festival Chaumont-sur-Loire

The International Garden Festival, Chaumont-sur-Loire is like Kew Gardens meets Chelsea flower show with French flair. There’s a stunning chateau thrown in for good measure, …

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Guide to Sancerre, Loire Valley

Sancerre is a beautiful, ancient hilltop village wine town. It’s located in the heart of France, in the department of Cher in an area known …

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What to see and do in Orleans, Loire Valley

Julius Caesar was here. The English were here, and because of that, Joan of Arc was here. It seems throughout history, Orleans in the Loire …

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7 things to do in Tours in the Loire Valley

There’s a whole lot to see and do in Tours in the heart of the Loire Valley. It’s easy to reach from Paris by train …

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Where to eat out in Tours Loire Valley

Tours has many restaurants to choose from but we’ve picked just a few which the locals recommend. Top of the wine list are the local Touraine …

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What to see and do in historic Tours in the heart of the Loire Valley

Tours in the department of Centre is the gateway city to the Loire Valley. It makes for a great base to visit the area. But, …

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