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  Loire Valley : Introduction | Frommers.com
Bordered by vineyards, the winding Loire Valley cuts through the land of castles deep in France's heart.
Royalty and nobility built châteaux in this valley during the French Renaissance, and an era of pomp reigned until Henri IV moved his court to Paris, marking the Loire's decline.
The Loire is blessed with attractions, from medieval, Renaissance, and classical châteaux to Romanesque and Gothic churches to treasures like the Apocalypse Tapestries.
www.frommers.com /destinations/loirevalley/0543010001.html   (168 words)

  
  Loire Valley France - IndigoGuide France
The Loire river is a proud fleuve, a magnificent entity that is so wide whole islands get lost in it; it is the longest river in France at 628 miles, and it has some very illustrious neighbours.
It is easy for your trip to the Loire to descend into an inventory of famous names and places but if you accept that trying to see everything on the list limits your ability to enjoy any of it, you will start to appreciate things more.
The tradition of popping to the Loire for the weekend or a short break began in the 15th century when kings, princes and nobles spent their family wealth building remarkable (and not-so-remarkable) châteaux.
www.indigoguide.com /france/loire-valley.htm   (545 words)

  
  Loire Valley Information
Loire Valley (French: Vallée de la Loire) is known as the Garden of France and the Cradle of the French Language.
The landscape of the Loire Valley, and more particularly its many cultural monuments, illustrate to an exceptional degree the ideals of the Renaissance and the Age of the Enlightenment on western European thought and design.
The Loire Valley is an outstanding cultural landscape of great beauty, containing historic towns and villages, great architectural monuments, its many châteaux, and fine wines.
www.bookrags.com /wiki/Loire_Valley   (224 words)

  
 Loire Valley travel guide - Wikitravel   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Loire Valley (French: Vallée de la Loire) (Valley of the Loire River) is a major tourist destination within France.
The Loire Valley is often referred to as "the Garden of France" and the Cradle of the French Language.
The rolling riverine landscape of the Loire Valley - and more particularly its many cultural monuments - is redolent of the ideals of the Renaissance and the Age of the Enlightenment on Western European thought and design.
wikitravel.org /en/Loire_Valley   (305 words)

  
 Loire Valley Gites — luxury gites in the Loire Valley, France, B&B, Bed and breakfast, hotel, gite accommodation, ...
Loire Valley Gites — luxury gites in the Loire Valley, France, B&B, Bed and breakfast, hotel, gite accommodation, Loire Valley close to Amboise, Saumur, Tours and Chinon
The Western Loire is great for family holidays; whether young or old there is plenty for everyone to enjoy.
France is renowned for priding itself on its national cuisine and the Loire Valley is no exception.
www.loirevalleygites.com   (246 words)

  
 Loire Valley Wine Guide: Muscadet, Vouvray, Chinon, Sancerre and more
The Loire Valley has intrinsic beauty, both in its natural landscape as well as those features, the many fine chateaux, churches and monasteries, that are the result of man's labours.
The great architectural heritage and plethora of historic towns and villages are evidence of millennia of interaction between humans and their environment, and reflect the importance of the region during the Renaissance, and its relevance to the development of modern culture.
The town bisecting the Loire was Ingrandes; those wines heading downstream for the sea were subject to heavy taxation in this town, and so for vignerons upstream of Ingrandes it was far more lucrative to transport their wines east, to quench the thirst of the capital city.
www.thewinedoctor.com /regionalguides/loire.shtml   (714 words)

  
 Loire Valley,Centre France,Introduction to the Loire valley
The Loire Valley is also known as the Chateaux de la Loire [the Castles of the Loire].
The Loire Valley’s primary industry is agriculture, and the city of Blois is its agricultural and commercial center.
The Loire Valley boasts of two of the most impressive and magnificent of gothic cathedrals: Bourges and Chartres.
www.french-at-a-touch.com /French_Regions/Western_Loire/loire_valley.htm   (1103 words)

  
 Loire Valley hotels and vacation packages   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
On the left bank of the Loire Valley, 10 minures from Blois and close to the famous Chateaus; Chambord, Chenonceaux, Cheverny & Chaumont La Cailliere is a lovely cottage where...
The great châteaux of the Loire Valley are the prestigious relics of a monarchy that ruled France in the middle ages from Tours and other strongholds along the great river.
His is the 15th century fairytale castle that dominates the Loire and the medieval town of Saumur, four miles away.
www.webscapades.com /france/loire/region-page.htm   (491 words)

  
 General tourist information Loire Valley for our bicycle and walking tour clients and other independent travelers.
It is there in the Loire Valley that the king Francois Ier (1515-1547) and his court chose to build castles for leading a life style inspired by the new humanist values of the Renaissance and by the cults of the beauty, of the luxury and the refinement.
The Loire river was a highway between the Atlantic and the heart of France.
The Loire river marks the symbolic division between the north and the south of France.
www.discoverfrance.com /regions/loire.html   (701 words)

  
 The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes - UNESCO World Heritage Centre
The Loire Valley is an outstanding cultural landscape of great beauty, containing historic towns and villages, great architectural monuments (the châteaux), and cultivated lands formed by many centuries of interaction between their population and the physical environment, primarily the river Loire itself.
Criterion (i): The Loire Valley is noteworthy for the quality of its architectural heritage, in its historic towns such as Blois, Chinon, Orléans, Saumur, and Tours, but in particular in its world-famous castles, such as the Château de Chambord.
Criterion (ii): The Loire Valley is an outstanding cultural landscape along a major river which bears witness to an interchange of human values and to a harmonious development of interactions between human beings and their environment over two millennia.
whc.unesco.org /pg.cfm?cid=31&id_site=933   (285 words)

  
 Carmen and Jim's Virtual Tour of France - Loire Valley   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Loire Valley is considered the geographic, agricultural, cultural and even linguistic heartland of France.
The Loire Valley responded by building chateaux fortresses to protect themselves and remained strong when other areas did not.
Later, in the 16th Century, the Loire Valley was one of the few areas that successfully resisted the English during the Hundred Years War.
www.personal.psu.edu /staff/j/x/jxf17/france2003/loire.html   (1705 words)

  
 Loire Valley Wineries: Find Loire Wine Regions on The WineWeb
The Loire Valley region is wide and follows the river, starting in the Auvergne and Massif Central and finishing in the Atlantic coast around Nantes city.
The weather in the Loire Valley varies from Atlantic weather in the West with mild winters and summers to the Continental in the east with cold winters and warm summers.
The main grapes of the Loire Valley are Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon for white wine and Cabernet Franc for red wine.
www.wineweb.com /map_france_loire.html   (338 words)

  
 Loire Valley Guide - chateaux, rentals, B & Bs, boats
Discover the length and breadth of the Loire Valley, from the beautiful Atlantic coastline, to magnificent chateaux near Orleans and Tours, to the grand canal near Briare, and to its source surprisingly close to the Cevennes and the Mediterranean.
From the glorious rugged coastline of the Atlantic, the Loire surprises and entrances.
Situated on a bend of the river Loire, the town is known for its Faience, and had belonged to the Dukes of Burgundy, until Francis I had made it and the Nivernais an independant Duchy.
www.le-guide.com /loire   (627 words)

  
 Loire Valley Cycle
Once the playground of kings, the luscious Loire Valley has three unforgettable lures for discerning cyclists – talented chefs matched with abundant fresh produce; ornate châteaux and castles beautifully set in a rolling landscape laced with flowing rivers; and the magical glow of artistic light playing off a balmy climate.
The climate in the Loire Valley is temperate and ideal for cycling, with few extremes during summer months.
Loire Valley wines are legendary including Sancerre, Chinon and Bourgueil and some tasting opportunities have been incorporated into the itinerary.
www.rei.com /adventures/trips/europe/loire.jsp   (2390 words)

  
 Loire Valley
Tours is the capital of Tourraine and the center of the Loire Valley.
The Loire Valley is the garden of France: young white asparagus tips in season, salad crops, squashes, mushrooms (grown in caves along the riverside cliffs near Saumur), and tiny potatoes.
If you like to visit gardens in the Loire Valley, the number of beautiful gardens or impeccably maintained grounds is probably equal to the number of chateaux.
manstouch.com /travel/loire-valley.html   (1378 words)

  
 Loire Valley Cottages - self catering in the Loire Valley region of France
Loire Valley Cottages - self catering in the Loire Valley region of France
Pontlevoy in the Loire Valley - 25km South of Blois
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 Loire Valley Vacations - Welcome to our Gite
Les Bourdeaux is a small farming hamlet 10 minutes south of the medieval town of Loches which is 25 minutes south of Tours set within the beautiful Loire valley in France.
The Loire Valley, for centuries, has been a favourite place for kings and holidaymakers alike.
Loire Valley Vacations - Our Gite is situated in the Loire Valley, Loches, France
www.loirevalleyvacations.co.uk /default.htm   (514 words)

  
 Loire Valley
The Loire Valley is known as the "Garden of France"
The Loire Valley is the leading region for wines sold in restaurants in France
The Loire Valley is the third largest AOC region
www.loirevalleywine.com /facts.html   (134 words)

  
 Loire Valley Cycle
Never a dull moment, as we follow the valley of France’s longest river through the self-assured heartland that is the essence of France to the French themselves.
Cross the river and cycle through the royal hunting preserve to Chambord, the largest of the Loire valley châteaux, even though it was built as a “mere” hunting lodge.
Across the plateau which separates the Loire and Cher rivers, and to the Château of Chenonceaux, the most beautiful of the Loire valley castles.
www.bluemarble.org /RteLoire.html   (947 words)

  
 Loire valley travel, Short breaks, New Year, French language, Cookery courses
The Loire River is France's longest river (1,000km), The Loire was a crucial trade and communications route for centuries and was the main playground of medieval kings and nobles.
Loire valley wines are light and fresh, which blend perfectly with the local food - asparagus tips, melons, mushroms (grown in cliffs close to Saumur), Game, Pork, Fish from the river.......we will take great pleasure in directing you to the best vineyards and the best restaurants, but not necessarily the most expensive!
Normandy is to the North of the Loire, which is of course forever linked with the D-day landings in 1944.
www.laprairie-loire.com /loirevalley.html   (628 words)

  
 Destination Weddings in the Loire Valley
The fairytale settings of the Loire Valley have inspired writers like Charles Perrault to write Sleeping Beauty or Ronsard to write his love poems to Cassandre, the owner of Talcy.
The castles you will visit along the Loire River and further inland are surrounded by tiny villages of quaint stone houses, shops and churches hugging the narrow roads that rush out to embrace expanses of rich farmland and other, even smaller, sleepy villages.
The first châteaux were built in the Loire Valley during the 11th century and were quite often simple fortifications guaranteeing the security of the land.
www.weddingsinfrance.com /destination_wedding_locations/loire_valley.html   (579 words)

  
 Loire Valley, France  -  Travel Photos by Galen R Frysinger, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Chambord was therefore to be a compromise between the Italian artistic movement and the traditional medieval castle.
The Royal Chateau at Blois is located in the departement of Loir-et-Cher in the Loire Valley in France.
The residence of several French kings, it is also the place where Joan of Arc came in 1429 to be blessed by the Archbishop of Reims before departing with her army to drive the English from Orleans.
www.galenfrysinger.com /france_loire_valley.htm   (1225 words)

  
 Loire valley Accommodation
Of course all cities in the Loire Valley have a choice of hotels where you can spend the night, see the accommodation zection of the cities themselves for recommended addresses.
Close to Tours, a family château with an outstanding view of the Loire and surrounding forests from the centenary wooded park.
This remarkable and charming bourgeois residence from the 19th century overhangs the Loire Valley.
www.world66.com /europe/france/centre/loirevalley/accommodation   (438 words)

  
 Loire Valley Cottages - self catering in the Loire Valley region of France
Loire Valley Cottages - self catering in the Loire Valley region of France
Pontlevoy in the Loire Valley - 25km South of Blois
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 Loire Valley Castles
Loire Valley Castles, Historic Castles, Medieval Castles, Renaissance Castles
Loire Valley, known as "the Garden of France", was the favorite residence of Kings of France during the Renaissance period.They made this peaceful countryside the setting for their dreams.
Thus was born the Renaissance in France.The kings surrounded themselves with the greatest artists and architects of this era.
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 Loire Valley Castles
The Castles of the Loire Valley have been built, for almost all of them, in the Renaissance times (end of XVth and XVIth century) when the Kings of France frequently remained in the area.
Do not forget either to visit the Cities of the area or have a ride in the Loire Valley, the Loir Valley, the Cher Valley, the Indre Valley, the Vienne Valley, or the Creuse Valley.
The castle of Villandry was built by Jean the Breton one, Secrétaire of François I, since 1532, it is the last castle built during the Renaissance in the Loire Valley.
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 Plan Loire Grandeur Nature
Plan Loire is an attempt to reconcile local and regional dependence on riverine resources with the river’s importance to France as a national treasure.
With the creation of SOS Loire Vivante in 1988, which occupied the Serre de la Fare dam site as of 1989, the campaign for a « living Loire » took an unprecedented turn in France and drew attention from national and international media on the management of the « last wild river in Europe ».
Thus, its management is essential to the nation and the valley’s residents and the main objective is to reconcile the valley’s residents with the river and its culture.
www.rivernet.org /loire/plgn.htm   (1824 words)

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