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The Saumur School of Cavalry was originally designed to provide training for commissioned and non-commissioned French officers. After World War II it had become a military anachronism and in 1972 the Ecole National d’Equitation was founded to serve civilian interests and perpetuate the equestrian display team, the Cadre Noir. Four Hundred [...]Continue Reading →
I’d been tipped to a quirky lunch spot in Tours, so after grabbing the TGV at la Gare Montparnasse I made my way to La Cuisine de Georges. My press colleagues and I were greeted by Georges, actually his name is Jaquelain, and as an MBA from Bowling Green University in [...]Continue Reading →
On the road from Blois to Tours the Chateau de Chaumont lies perched atop the Loire affording a commanding and strategic view of the valley below. At the insistence of Catherine de Medicis, after the death of her husband Henri II, his mistress Diane de Poitiers was “exiled” here. Catherine [...]Continue Reading →
Gérard and Anja Come of CHÂTEAU DE NOIRIEUX invite you to an evening of literature, gastronomy and wine tasting
Chef Gérard Come will prepare a Michelin-starred dinner, Philippe Charlopin of Domaine Charlopin will provide [...]Continue Reading →
Chenonceau, Chambord, Villandry are a few of the grand chateaux that have made the Val de Loire a destination for travelers the world over but there are over 300 chateaux in this region that has much to offer beyond the obvious.Continue Reading →
Thirty-four years had elapsed since my last visit to the Chateaux of the Kings in the Loire Valley. An email from Pascale inviting me to visit La Tourainière, her chambre d’hote near Tours was all it took to send me on the road.
To create a full two-day excursion I bookended the visit with [...]Continue Reading →
It had been a sweltering week, with an equally unbearable weekend on tap. Fortunately, M, the Berlin connection, had booked us into the Manoir de la Maison Blanche, a charming 17th chambre d’hote in Amboise.
Just an a hour by TGV to Tours and a quick 25km by rental car in the heart of [...]Continue Reading →
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