Walks in Paris and in the Loire valley

Posts with #loire valley

Visiting le Rivau castle and its fairy tales garden

April 24 2015, 15:45pm

Posted by Jean-Charles Prévost

The castle is located in the Seuilly country south of Chinon where Rabelais stages the life of his hero Gargantua who offers the castle to one of his captains as a reward for his victories in the “Picrocholine” wars. Built as a stronghold to defend the...

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Domaine de Roiffé (near Loudun)

September 3 2014, 12:54pm

Posted by Jean-Charles Prévost

The estate, now a charming hotel hosting wedding parties and seminars and featuring a golf course and a pool, shared during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries the history of the neighboring Abbey of Fontevraud: Roiffé penal colony opened in 1842 to...

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Bréhémont, port on the Loire

August 18 2014, 15:12pm

Posted by Jean-Charles Prévost

Bréhémont (pronounced Bray-mont) is a small village on the banks of the Loire West of the Touraine region, at the gates of the Anjou, ranked among the most beautiful villages of France. Watered by the Loire, Indre and the old Cher, its old economic activities...

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Eleanor of Aquitaine and the Fontevraud recumbent figures

June 28 2014, 16:14pm

Posted by Jean-Charles Prévost

Eleanor of Aquitaine is the granddaughter of the Duke Guillaume IX the troubadour, inventor of courtly love; beautiful and intelligent, she has a strong personality and will leave her mark at a time when women in these circles are often considered solely...

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The three lives of Fontevraud abbey

May 20 2014, 13:06pm

Posted by Jean-Charles Prévost

Fontevraud the monastic city: from the twelfth century until the Revolution Fontevraud is an enclosed area, an ideal city where communities of monks and nuns choose to live in chastity, poverty, obedience and silence for the glory of God according to...

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