Category Archives: Loire Valley

The House of Happiness

There is a beautiful lilac bush just across the road from our house in a large vacant lot followed by meadowland that goes down to the Loire. Our rainwater flows into the vacant lot so Jean Michel keeps the area … Continue reading

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Fontevraud l’Abbaye and its Extraordinary Kitchen

It’s the second day of our spring cycling weekend near Saumur. We wake up in time for 9 am breakfast at our B&B, Le Balcon Bleu, having slept very soundly in a comfortable bed after all our hills and dales … Continue reading

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Souzay Champigny Troglodyte Shopping Centre

We’re on our way back from Saumur to Turquant, having just cycled up hill and down dale in the opposite direction. We’re on the riverside cycle path on the Loire à Vélo route, which has just taken us through a … Continue reading

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Loire à vélo – Montsoreau to Saumur

We’ve decided to take advantage of the wonderful spring weather and do some more cycling further along the Loire. I’ve been wanting to go back to Fontevraud Abbey for some time so we book a chambre d’hôte in Turquant which … Continue reading

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Photos of the week – Breakfast Room in a Chambre d’hôte

Imagine coming down to breakfast after a night in a chambre d’hôte and finding this beautiful room! Le Balcon Bleu in Turquant in the Loire Valley near Saumur is a collector’s delight! And this was only the dining area. The … Continue reading

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Back in the Saddle

The weather is absolutely wonderful not only in the Loire but right across France and most of Europe so we’re back on our bikes after a six-month break.  I suggest we find choose a nice flat bike path out in … Continue reading

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Photos of the Week – a Cubby House on the Loire

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The Saffron Fair in Preuilly sur Claise

It’s our second day in Blois and Susan and Simon from Days on the Claise have invited us to their local saffron fair. I know next to nothing about saffron except that it comes from the pistils ofcrocuses. Even that’s … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – Stepping up to Blois

We arrived in Blois on Friday and are here for a month, the longest we’ve ever stayed. This morning, we were rewarded with bright sun and blue skies so we went for a walk on the other side of the … Continue reading

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Friday’s French – perron & pas japonais

We went to visit Mr and Mrs Previous Owner recently and I wanted to know what they did to get rid of the moss on the front stairs. “Sur le perron“, replied Mr Previous Owner. “No, the front steps”. “Oui, … Continue reading

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