What Else to do in the Loire Valley

Mar 17th, 2012, 03:55 PM
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Wow what great suggestions and ideas we will be visiting the Loire for the first time in early October.
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Mar 19th, 2012, 01:39 AM
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If you are looking for some ideas of places to eat and things to do in the Loire Valley, I recommend following Fraussie Grouet's Aussie in France blog (http://www.aussieinfrance.com ). Fraussie, who has been living in France since the mid 70s, has just recently bought a Renaissance house (http://www.closeriefalaiseau.com ) in Blois in the Loire Valley so has some good inside information for visitors to the region.
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Mar 19th, 2012, 08:33 AM
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Catch the Soupe des Chiens (sp?) or mass feeding of the hunting hounds at Cheverny - which can easily be twinned with a visit to the most monumental of all Loire castles - Chambord - now how many windows are there.
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Mar 20th, 2012, 08:24 AM
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Near Villandry, I enjoyed the cave at Savonnieres. It is a 'wet cave' where the stalactites and stalagmites are being actively formed. They also put various items under the drips and petrify them. Interesting and unique.
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Mar 21st, 2012, 12:42 PM
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Thank you very much. I have the RS guide book for France and he really only discusses the Chateau. I figured that the Fodorites would have some good suggestions and you all certainly did.

Once again. Thank you for your input.
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Mar 21st, 2012, 02:33 PM
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I have the RS guide book for France and he really only discusses the Chateau.>>

traveller - beg borrow or steal the Michelin green guide to the Chateaux of the Loire. an excellent guide book.
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Mar 22nd, 2012, 01:25 PM
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Michelin green guides are sold many places in the Loire - the English edition that is IME. And yes to me always an invaluable guide that adds a lot to a trip - brings the stones to life.

The towns of the Loire are renown for their uniform, on older buildings at least, color of the stones they are built out of - kind of a faded cream color that is the color of the limestone cliffs along the river the stones were hewn from (so says my in-laws whose family has lived in the Loire for centuries - the Loire and especially the Tourraine is known for their perfect king's French - actually at one time the King of France only controlled a small area of today's France - a part of the Loire around Tours, Orleans, Vendome and Beaugency - a child's song still sung here says the King of France only had "Orleans, Beaugency, Vendome and Notre-Dame de Clery (near Orleans - an ancient church in which some ancient king of France is buried - not sure I have the towns in the correct order - but anyway one reason pointed out often why the French spoken here is considered to be so so 'pure'.
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Mar 22nd, 2012, 01:27 PM
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You Tube of this child's song - did get order of towns wrong but overall right. And it's a cute song often sung by parents to kids in the Loiret area.
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