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  1. Pauline

    Centre-Val de Loire A Short Trip to the Loire Valley, 2010

    This trip report was original posted on my blog. In July 2010 we did a short trip to France – five nights in the Loire Valley followed by four nights in Normandy. We are currently living in England, so flew from Bristol Airport to Paris, picked up a rental car and drove four hours to the Loire...
  2. The Loire Valley

    The Loire Valley

    Bagneux Dolmen, this dolmen is in the back yard of a building with a cafe.
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    The Loire Valley

    Dolman de la Madeleine, Neolithic dolman near Gennes. It is as big as a building. There are the remains of a bakery inside.
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    The Loire Valley

    Villandry, beautiful gardens.
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    The Loire Valley

    Villandry, this Chateau is famous for its gardens.
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    The Loire Valley

    Bourgueil, stopped on a rainy morning for coffee and cake - a specialty cake for this area (can't remember the name).
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    The Loire Valley

    Angers, a medieval timber-framed building in Angers.
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    The Loire Valley

    Angers, close up of some of the carvings.
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    The Loire Valley

    Chateau de Chenonceau, Chenonceau is one of the most popular Chateau in the area. It is built over the river.
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    The Loire Valley

    Amboise, Leonardo's house in Amboise, a 15 minute walk from the Chateau. It was packed solid with tourists the day we visited.
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    The Loire Valley

    Amboise, there are houses built into the stone hillsides in this area.
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    The Loire Valley

    Amboise Chateau, St Hubert Chapel, built in the late 1400s, on the grounds of the Amboise Chateau.
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    The Loire Valley

    Amboise Chateau, Leonardo da Vinci lived near the Chateau and died in 1519. He was buried in St Hubert Chapel.
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    The Loire Valley

    Amboise Chateau, our first chateau. It was not very crowded. Beautiful buildings and grounds.
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    The Loire Valley

    Amboise Chateau, looking from the Chateau grounds to the streets below. The area around the Chateau is very touristy.
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    The Loire Valley

    Fontevraud Abbey, the graves of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, with their son Richard the Lionheart.
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    The Loire Valley

    Fontevraud Abbey, historic abbey built in the 12th century.
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    The Loire Valley

    Chinon is a small town with a pretty medieval center.
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    The Loire Valley

    Sunday lunch outside in the square in Chinon.
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    The Loire Valley

    The first of many goat cheese salads, frequently the only vegetarian option on menus.
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