Amboise: A Nearby Chateau…or Two

Take a TGV train for a short trip of about an hour and a half and you arrive in the town of Amboise in the Loire Valley. Of course there are many chateaux in the towns dotting this valley that surrounds the longest river in France. But Amboise is a good place to start for two purposes: One, if you’re visiting Paris and you have an extra couple of days to go on a side trip, but don’t want to…

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Loire Valley Teaser…

There’s just too much to say about the Loire Valley, known as the garden of France. The Loire River is France’s longest river, over 600 miles long, and it cuts right through the center of the country. It will take several posts to squeeze out what I experienced on my trip last week. I hope you were able to follow some of this on Oliver’s France Facebook. Here are a few visual teasers to pique your interest in this varied…

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Loire…and Peace

What is the Loire Valley known for? When I ask this question to my (adult) French students, many of them exclaim, “Castles!” Others hear the words Loire Valley and draw a blank, unsure of where it is or what it is famous for. By the time you finish this post, you’ll know about castles and many other treasures that could draw you to this central region of France. This post is an overview of the Loire Valley, but future posts…

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