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January 18, 2019

France: Saumur and the Château de Saumur


Château de Saumur sits in the Loire Valley vineyards.

The Loire Valley is studded with famous châteaux. Indeed, UNESCO has inscribed “The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes” on its Heritage list, lauding the valley’s historic towns and numerous grand châteaux. Though the towns are interesting, it is the châteaux that motivate most visits. They are truly over the top. (more…)

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January 16, 2019

France: Château de Chenonceau


Visitors enter Château de Chenonceau

“We’ve been here before.” (more…)

December 25, 2016

France: Château de Chantilly and Rick Steves


Château de Chantilly

Château de Chantilly

Rick Steves writes that the chateau in Chantilly, on the northern outskirts of Paris, is “the best French château.” When we planned our visit we feared that such praise from the ever-influential Mr. Steves could be the kiss of death. Would there be throngs of Rick Steves’ guidebook toting tourists smothering the life from the Château de Chantilly? We’ve seen this phenomenon elsewhere in Europe. (more…)

November 27, 2015

France: Vaux-de-Vicomte


A six-kilometer bike ride from the river in Melun France is the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte. Vaux-de-Vicomte is the creation of Nicolas Fouquet. (more…)

January 9, 2013

France: Caen


Église Saint-Pierre (HDR)

Église Saint-Pierre (HDR)

Our travel plans mandated a stop in or near Caen France.  On the English Channel (or la Manche as it is called in French), Caen is the largest town near Ouistreham, our point of (more…)

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