Sunday, 20 August 2017

Church for Sunday,St. Médard,Vallères

Outside view of the church St. Médard in the village of Vallères in the Loire Valley

The church of St. Médard can be found in the small village of Vallères on the D39 between Azay-le-Rideau and Villandry.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Brocantes,vide-greniers this weekend 19th/20th August in the Loire Valley

Brocantes / vide greniers Saturday 19th August

* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown


FONDETTES  Fête de Fondettes ***

VILLEDOMAIN  Brocante Vide-greniers ***

Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 20th August

* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown


BREHEMONT  Brocante Vide-greniers ****

CHANCAY  Vide Grenier- Brocante de Chançay ****
  
CHINON  Brocante Mensuelle **







Monday, 14 August 2017

Qu'est-ce que Quinze aout?


Quinze août is a French public holiday or a non-working day but it is firstly a religious (Catholic) holiday. It is the feast of the Assumption of Mary, that is, her ascension to heaven.

It was Louis XIII who popularized the feast of August 15 in France in 1638.  As he had no heir, he asks his subjects to organize processions in honour of the Virgin Mary to ask for help. Miraculously (?) this results in an heir, the future Louis XIV, the year after. So the August 15 processions became a tradition and the date a public holiday.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Exploring the villages of Southern Touraine by bicycle.

Chaumussay

Recent cyclists who were visiting the Loire Valley chose to base themselves in the Village of Le Grand-Pressigny to take advantage of riding their bikes through the beautiful countryside and villages of Southern Touraine

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Church on Sunday - Oratory of Germigny-des-Pres


"The oratory of Germigny-des-Prés is one of the oldest churches in France (806). 

It houses a mosaic of Byzantine inspiration in a perfect state of conservation. This mosaic is unique in France, for it is the only mosaic of the Carolingian period that is preserved to us. His subject, the Ark of the Covenant, is highly symbolic"           Guided tours available...





Thursday, 10 August 2017

Brocantes,vide-greniers this weekend and bank holiday13th/15th August in the Loire Valley

Loches

Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 13th August

* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown

CROUZILLES  Fête du Patrimoine - Vide-greniers ***

FAYE LA VINEUSE  Brocante, Vide Grenier, Artisans d'art ***

LOCHES  Brocante d'été ?

MARCAY  Vide Grenier **

YZEURES SUR CREUSE  Brocante, Vide-greniers ***

Brocantes / vide greniers Tuesday 15th August

* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown


BLERE  4ème Brocante et Vide-grenier ?

LE GRAND PRESSIGNY  Retro-mecanique sud Touraine **

POUZAY  Foire aux Melons et aux Canards, Brocante ***

RICHELIEU  Antiquités Brocante **

VILLELOIN COULANGE  Brocante Vide-greniers ****






Tuesday, 8 August 2017

How to attract the tourists or jousting for position...

image courtesy Chateau du Rivau
Chateau du Rivau is a very good example of a tourist attraction that does not take its clients for granted and is constantly working at improving what it has to offer.One of the highlights of their season is the popular jousting competition held over two days on the 12th and 13th of August.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Weekend of entertainment at the chateau in Le Grand-Pressigny



On the evenings of the 4th/5th/6th August the chateau at Le Grand-Pressigny will be taken over by actors, musicians and circus performers as they present ‘Arts Scéniques et Vieilles Dentelles’
Not quite sure of the format as it sound a little complicated – my understanding is that the ‘show’ consists of eight theatrical performances, lasting about 15 to 20 minutes.Enrty price allows entry into the chateau museum.

Brocantes,vide-greniers this weekend 5th/6th Augut in the Loire Valley


Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 30th July

* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown


DESCARTES  Vide Greniers et Marché Gourmand **

LANGEAIS  Vide-grenier de la Saint-laurent *

PREUILLY SUR CLAISE  Brocante Vide-greniers ***

SAINT LAURENT DE LIN  Brocante, Vide-greniers ***

VOU  Brocante Vide-greniers Nocturne*

Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 30th July

* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown



BARROU  Brocante Vide-greniers *

BOURGUEIL  Grande Brocante Vide Greniers ***

MONTBAZON  Brocante Vide-greniers ?

NOIZAY  Brocante - Foire aux Huîtres ***

PANZOULT  Brocante ?

PAULMY  Brocante Vide-greniers ?

RICHELIEU  3e Brocante Photo Vidéo *

SAINT AVERTIN  Vide-greniers **

SAINT JEAN SAINT GERMAIN  Brocante Fête du val de l'Indre ?





Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Chinon...the elevated approach


If you are visiting Chinon for the first time a handy tip when you want to head up to the fortress is to go through the arch in the right hand corner of place General de Gaulle into the carpark and take the elevator up to near the entrance...saving you quite a climb.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Thursday, 27 July 2017

A good weekend to be in Southern Touraine in the Loire Valley

This weekend is a good time to be in Southern Touraine. Loches is the place to be, as this weekend as well as having their normal Saturday market there is their free music festival 'Loches en Voix'. We have visited this a few times and it always throws up entertainment by the barrow load and a few surprises. There is also the 'spectacular' at Ciran which is also on both Friday and Saturdy evenings 


FREE MUSIC FESTIVAL:
"LOCHES EN VOIX"

On the Friday 28th and Saturday 29th of July 2017, the 7th edition of the festival LOCHES EN VOIX mixes musical genres again ...
For two days, songs from the 30s, blues, swing gipsy, Balkan songs, pop Rock, or Occitan polyphonies will resonate in the superb setting of the public garden, which will host most concerts, in the town centre, on the market and at Saint-Antoine church.
Lovers of good music and conviviality, be there!

Full programme here:



The small village of Ciran where you will be captivated by the performances put on by the village in their annual  'spectacular' show, This year sees a new production being put on for the first time under the banner of 'Alors, on Danse' and if previous years are anything to go by it will indeed be 'spectacular'!

Brocantes,vide-greniers this weekend 29th/30th July in the Loire Valley

La Celle-Guenand

Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 30th July

* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown


AZAY LE RIDEAU  Brocante de l'ile *

BLERE  Vide Grenier ***

BRAYE SOUS FAYE  Vide-greniers **

LA CELLE GUENAND  Fête des Métiers et Brocante *****

LE LIEGE  Brocante Vide-greniers ***
  

SAINTE CATHERINE DE FIERBOIS  Brocante Vide-greniers ?

THENEUIL  Fête Villageoise – Brocante **






Tuesday, 25 July 2017

A good day to visit Loches in the Loire Valley


Wednesday is market day (morning) at Loches in Southern Touraine. The town is the jewel in the crown of this beautiful part of Centre-Val de Loire here, especially on market day, you get a true taste of France and not only in gastronomical terms. Its medieval history is evident everywhere you look and modernity has not interfered too much with its rich past.  


Take a walk around its character filled streets and soak up the atmosphere but be sure to visit the public park and take in its history as a view.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Head for Ciran this weekend

If you are in Southern Touraine this weekend (even if you're not) you should head to the small village of Ciran where you will be captivated by the performances put on by the village in their annual  'spectacular' show, This year sees a new production being put on for the first time under the banner of 'Alors, on Danse' and if previous years are anything to go by it will indeed be 'spectacular'!

Friday, 21 July 2017

The hollyhocks of Montsoreau in the Loire Valley.



Montsoreau, sitting on the banks of the river Loire is 'one of the most beautiful villages in France', it is enhanced at this time of year by an abundance of hollyhocks which make walking its narrow streets an lane even more pleasurable.






Thursday, 20 July 2017

Le-Grand-Pressigny...promoting live music

The people of Le-Grand-Pressigny continue their commitment  to supporting live music this weekend with concerts at two venues over the weekend.


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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Brocantes,vide-greniers this weekend 22nd/23rd July in the Loire Valley



Brocantes / vide greniers Saturday 22nd July

* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown


MONTLOUIS SUR LOIRE  Brocante des Bords de Loire 2017 ***

Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 23rd July

* Up to 50 stalls ** 50 to 100 stalls *** 100 to 200 stalls ****More than 200 stalls    ? Unknown

CHINON  Vide-greniers fbg Saint Jacques ?

CRISSAY SUR MANSE  Vide Grenier ?

LA CHAPELLE SUR LOIRE  Vide Grenier ***

ROUZIERS DE TOURAINE  Brocante Vide-greniers *****
  


TOURS  Brocante BD Béranger ***




Loire Valley markets