Pays-de-la-Loire Region of France
Loire Valley Gardens
The Loire Valley, more than most places in the world, personifies the good life. This garden region of France is nourished by the Loire, Eure, Cher and Loiret rivers, and it boasts well maintained and manicured outdoor spaces inspired by generations of talented gardeners, whose lives’ work it was to beautify the gardens of kings.
Paris to Nantes by train, air, bus and car
Details of how to get from Paris to Nantes on the Atlantic coast by various forms of transportation. Use these information resources to plan your journey.
Domaine de Beauvois in the Loire Valley
The Domaine de Beauvois Hotel is hidden away in the Loire Valley. Surrounded by the wooded slopes of a forest, this peaceful castle hotel makes a perfect base for exploring the chateaux and attractions of the surrounding countryside.
Stay At A French Chateau
Joe Millionaire isn't the only peasant to live like royalty in a French chateau. There are many chateaux open for mere commoners seeking overnight stays.
The Chateau of Chaumont-sur-Loire in the Loire Valley
The white stone chateau of Chaumont-sur-Loire in the department of the Loir-et-Cher in the Loire Valley is a great place to visit. Located between Blois and Tours, it’s near other great castles along the Loire, including Chambord and Cour Cheverny. Chaumont is also famous for its annual International Garden Festival which takes place between...
Top Attractions in Angers
There’s a surprising amount of places to visit in Angers, but dominating the whole of the town is the impressive Chateau. Not much is left apart from the walls and towers, but inside you’ll come across one of the great treasures of France –- the Apolaypse Tapestry.
Blois in the Loire Valley
Blois, which is roughly half way between Orleans and Tours in the Loire Valley, makes a perfect center for exploring the gorgeous towns with their impressive chateaus (castles) nearby. Blois is a delightful city in its own right, dominated by the huge Chateau de Blois in the center of the town. From here the winding streets spread out, full of...
Paris to Blois by Train, Bus and Car
Details of how to get from Paris to Blois by various forms of transportation. Use these information resources to plan your journey.
Paris to Angers by train, bus and car
Details of how to get from Paris to Angers in the western Loire Valley by various forms of transportation. Use these information resources to plan your journey.
Hotels and Restaurants in Blois in the Loire Valley
Blois is a lovely town, dominated by the chateau which is open for visitors all year round. In a central position on the Loire River, it has plenty of variety for places to stay and restaurants. There's a hotel or bed and breakfast and a restaurant for every budget.
Blois Chateau in the Loire Valley
The Chateau at Blois is one of the Loire Valley's most magnificent castles. It stands high in the delightful town of Blois, which makes a perfect start for a tour of the other French castles and palaces in the Loire Valley.
Bed and breakfast or chambres d'hotes in the Loire Valley
If you're planning to visit the fabulous Loire Valley, consider booking into a chambre d'hote, or French bed and breakfast. You'll get great accommodation and very good value for money. Some of my selection also have renowned gardens open to the public.
International Garden Festival at Chaumont-sur-Loire
Each year the grounds of the Chateau of Chaumont-sur-Loire fill with the International Garden Festival. This year, the Festival from April 25th to October 21st is in its 20th year and chose as its theme “Gardens of delight, Gardens of delerium”. With its castle, a new permanent garden, 5 restaurants and 2 boutiques, the Chaumont International...
The Tapestry of the Apocalypse in Angers Castle
The Tapestry of the Apocalpyse in Angers Castle, Anjou, is one of the most impressive tapestries in the world. The medieval tapestry ilustrates the Apocalpyse from the Book of Revelations.
Guide to Angers in the Loire Valley
Angers in the western Loire Valley is less well known than the posher part nearer Paris where kings, queens, princes and aristocrats built their fabulous chateaux. But this secret part of the Loire Valley is delightful with its own hidden treasures.
Guide to Restaurants in Angers
Angers in Anjou in the western part of the Loire is a great place to visit. It's well known for its food and has a good selection of restaurants, from the Michelin one-star restaurants Le Favre d'Anne, and Une Ile, to plenty of welcoming bistros serving local specialities, all washed down with Anjou wine.