Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Brocantes,vide-greniers this Sunday (Sept. 3rd) in the Loire Valley



Brocantes / vide greniers Saturday 26th August

None

Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 27th August

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

AZAY SUR INDRE  Brocante *

BALLAN MIRE  Vide-greniers ***

BOURGUEIL  Brocante Mensuelle *

CHATEAU LA VALLIERE  Vide-greniers **
  
DESCARTES  Vide Greniers et Concours de Labours *

DRACHE  Vide Grenier

LA GUERCHE  Brocante Vide-greniers

LARCAY  Vide-greniers ***

LOCHES  Brocante des Bas-clos

MONTS  Vide-greniers **

MOSNES  Vide-greniers **

SAINT BENOIT LA FORET  Vide Greniers **

SAINT GERMAIN SUR VIENNE  Vide-grenier **

SAINT PATERNE RACAN  Vide-greniers ***

SAVIGNY EN VERON  Vide Grenier *

SORIGNY  Vide-greniers **

TAUXIGNY  Vide-greniers

TOURS  Braderie Brocante *****










Loire Valley accommodation for September 2017

Are you looking for a holiday in France in September then we have the perfect Location for you...the the garden of France itself, the beautiful Centre-Val de Loire (Loire Valley). 

We have accommodation available for certain weeks in the month at our properties in Southern Touraine.

The properties:

External view of village house to rent in Barrou in the Loire Valley,France

The 'Old Walnut Mill' is a delightful 19th century 2 bedroom cottage in the village of Barrou in Indre-et-Loire, Centre-Val de Loire France. The village sits on the banks of the river Creuse surrounded by rolling countryside. It has welcomed guests from around the world who have enjoyed the ‘French village experience’. In 2016 we had the pleasure of receiving gifted painters who enjoyed the many opportunities to capture images of this very pretty part of France. The house is within walking distance of the village amenities, the restaurant, boulangerie, butcher and convenience store.

Lounge of a village house to rent in Le Grand-Pressigny in the Loire Valley,France
Quality two storey 3 bedroom  Loire Valley house for rent in the popular village of Le Grand-Pressigny in the department of Indre et Loire, France. The village’s location makes it an ideal base to explore the Loire Valley, its chateaux and other delights as well many of the attractions of the neighbouring department of Vienne such as Futuroscope. The village itself has a restaurant, two bars, boulangerie (baker) boucherie (butcher) and épicier (grocer) pharmacy and newsagent all within walking distance of the house.

Lounge in riverside barn to rent in Barrou in the Loire Valley,France
Lovely riverside barn conversion with separate 'petite maison'. The house is in the village of Barrou, in the department of Indre et Loire, France and as the name suggests 'Le Bourg' is located in the centre of the village. Its situation means you have the benefits of experiencing a small French village but you are also ideally placed to visit all the major attractions of the Loire valley plus some of the highlights of the neighbouring department of 'Vienne'


Another cosy riverside barn conversion in the village of Barrou. Ideal for a couple wishing to sample French village life for a short stay. Its location allows for relaxation but with the option of having excursions out to nearby attractions without having to spend too long in the car getting there.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Monday, 28 August 2017

Loire Valley house for sale

External view of house in the Loire Valley currently for sale

Main house


Second house

Opportunity for a lifestyle change or to buy a little piece (two properties) of France.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Take a trip through the countryside and vineyards around Chateau Brissac...



Brocantes,vide-greniers this weekend 26th/27th August in the Loire Valley


Brocantes / vide greniers Saturday 26th August

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


HOMMES  Brocante Vide-greniers *

Brocantes / vide greniers Sunday 27th August

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

BALLAN MIRE  Vide-greniers lac des Bretonnières ***

CHANCEAUX PRES LOCHES  La Forêt des Livres 2017 *
  
CHATEAU RENAULT  Brocante ***

CHAUMUSSAY  Brocante Vide-greniers ***

CUSSAY  Fête du Pain Brocante, Vide-greniers  ***

MARCAY  Vide Grenier en Fête *

RAZINES  Vide-greniers

REIGNAC SUR INDRE  Vide-greniers **

SAINT PIERRE DES CORPS  Vide-greniers *****

TOURS  Vide-greniers Place Strasbourg ****

TOURS  Brocante BD Béranger ***

VEIGNE  Brocante Vide-greniers ****






Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Spend Wednesday in Southern Touraine

a view of Loches from the public gardens with the chateau and church on the skyline

Why not come down to Southern Touraine today...visit Loches and its morning market before taking in the sites of this fine citadel town. 
Market stalls in Loches with the bell tower in the background


You can choose one of the many good restaurants for a spot of lunch and in the afternoon take the short drive (15min) up to Chedigny for a stroll around this charming little village.

Chedigny in the Loire Valley showing a street with rose bushes axorning the houses

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.