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Loire Valley/Turquant Saumur

Suggestions for sight seeing please - we've visited Chateau Chenococou - & Amboise - thought about Chateau Chinnon - we enjoy visiting pretty towns and some chateaux- not too many as you can get saturated. Also lunch suggestions.

Visiting May

Many thanks



11 Answers


answered by
a VirtualTourist member from La Gouesnière

Chambord should be next on your list. Look at some pictures of it and you'll see why.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Hellevoetsluis

Indeed, Chambord. Even though chateau Chenonceau was my favourite :-)
I recommend a visit to an abbey. I have a page here including a lunch suggestion:

[original VT link]




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from La Gouesnière

AT, I didn't mention Chenonceaux because I think that is the first that the OP mentioned, although the spelling was off.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Marquette

Blois is nice in that the Chateau is right in the center of a flourishing town (with easy access to the train station if that is your mode of transportation.) Interesting mix of medieval and Renaissance styles, and the courtyard is pretty spectacular.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Hellevoetsluis

Yes, I did read that (about ch. Chenonceau) and meant that by my reply. My wording was off...so you misread what I miswrote ;-)




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from New York City

May would be the perfect time of the year to visit Château de Villandry (www.chateauvillandry.fr) and ([original VT link]. The garden will be in full springtime bloom. Lucky you!

Another less-well known sight is Château de Cheverny (chateau-cheverny.com) and ([original VT link] Be certain to plan your visit toward 17:00 to see the feeding of the hounds; it left a strong impression on us.

Combine a town visit and chateau visit at Château Royal de Blois (www.chateaudeblois.fr/?lang=en) and ([original VT link]. This is such a cool place to visit, showing off several architectural styles and great museum.

A small-town château is Azay-le-Rideau ([original VT link] and (azay-le-rideau.monuments-nat.... This is a very tranquil place, visited by few and it has a splendid park for relaxing. The town is charming; we enjoyed a wonderful lunch not far from the castle's gate.

We just loved Château de Plessis-Bourré (www.plessis-bourre.com/)! It looks like the classic image of a Medieval castle: a moat, a drawbridge, and conical towers. Finding it is half the fun!

Enjoy your visit to this very magical part of France. Bon voyage!




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from La Gouesnière

>>misread what I miswrote That is making my eyes as well as the mind boggle......




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Brisbane

I would also agree with the Royal Abbey of Frontevraud, [original VT link] and a visit to the pretty village of Montreuil-Bellay [original VT link]
Chateau Villandry has everything. The Chateau which you can visit inside and see the rooms and the art on display, and a most wonderful garden.
[original VT link]




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Sacramento

Another vote for Chateau Villandry. The gardens are spectacular and the chateau very nicely done. That and Azay-le-Rideau are my two favorite Loire chateaus. There is one in Langeais that is very interesting. The outside looks very medieval and formidable; the inside is much "softer" for want of a better word.

The Abbey at Fontevraud is spectacular and shouldn't be missed. There is a very nice restaurant right inside the abbey but reservations might be a good idea. You can easily visit Chateau Chinon the same day and the Old Town area of Chinon is as lovely as the castle.

If you get chateaued out (is that a word?), you can see some Roman ruins just west of Thesee (west of Montrichard on the Cher River). That's interesting and different. [original VT link]

Another chateau that's a bit different is the very medieval looking Chateau de Fougeres-sur-Bievre which could be combined with visits to Chateau Cheverny and/or Chateau Chaumont. If you go to Chateau Chaumont, they have an annual garden festival that is wonderful. It's themed and an open competition so different every year. You can return over and over and it is always interesting. The information for 2013 is updated here. [original VT link]

If you like crazy things, there is a chateau at Montpoupon. It's on the D764 to Loches. The chateau is a pleasant visit, but the fun is the Museum of the Hunt in one of the outbuildings. They have all sorts of crazy things accompanied by hunting horn recordings as you tour the building. chateau-loire-montpoupon.com...

Whatever you do, you won't run out of things to do. Marvelous churches and gardens in the area too. Have a great time.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Sacramento

Oops, pretty towns. If you visit Fontevraud Abbey, stop in Candes-St.-Martin nearby. It's another of the Plus Beaux Villagles of France.
http://www.onlineparisguide.com/




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Williamsville

Hi.. A couple of places we visited that we enjoyed were Chateau Rivau, Chateau Villandry, Chateau Usse' and Azay le Rideau. Everything in the area is interesting. Good luck and enjoy.





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