Most Beautiful Villages of the Loire

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Usually associated with splendid Renaissance chateaux and historical monuments, the Loire valley is in fact a place of much greater variety and interest than the image of popular perception. The river itself is the longest in France and passes through a succession of landscapes, many of them of a richness that proves this is truly "the garden of France."

Traveling west, Hugh Palmer takes us first to the villages around Orleans, then to the communities near Blois and Tours where,...

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Overview

Usually associated with splendid Renaissance chateaux and historical monuments, the Loire valley is in fact a place of much greater variety and interest than the image of popular perception. The river itself is the longest in France and passes through a succession of landscapes, many of them of a richness that proves this is truly "the garden of France."

Traveling west, Hugh Palmer takes us first to the villages around Orleans, then to the communities near Blois and Tours where, it is said, the purest French is spoken. Here begin the villages with the great chateaux such as Chambord and Azay-le-Rideau, reached by long roads lined with tall poplars or lying beside the banks of one of the many tributaries that flow into the main river at this point. The slopes here are frequently vine-clad, producing the delicious white wines that make such a fine accompaniment to the traditional fish cuisine of the region. Finally, we arrive at the villages around Angers and Nantes, where willow-lined rivers divide a landscape of quiet opulence, and green fields alternate with market gardens growing vegetables, flowers and fruit.

Over thirty villages of the valley of the Loire and the surrounding countryside are described and stunningly photographed in this book, which is completed by two special sections. As with all the volumes in The Most Beautiful Villages series, there are appendices listing the most important local sites, markets, hotels and restaurants.

Hugh Palmer is one of the leading British photographers of architecture and gardens. He has contributed to numerous books, notably Garden Ornament, The Formal Garden and volumes on Provence, Tuscany, the Dordogne, Greece, Burgundy, Brittany and England in The Most Beautiful Villages series. He is currently working on The Most Beautiful Villages of Normandy, both as photographer and author. James Bentley was a distinguished travel writer who specialized in Italy and France. He is the author of the volumes on Tuscany, the Dordogne, Burgundy, England and Brittany in The Most Beautiful Villages series. Sadly, James Bentley died during the early stages of preparation of the present book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500510513
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 996,176
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 12.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Around Orleans 12
Apremont-sur-Allier Cher 14
Aubigny-sur-Nere Cher 20
La Chapelle-d'Angillon Cher 24
La Ferte-Saint-Aubin Loiret 28
Mehun-sur-Yevre Cher 34
Meung-sur-Loire Loiret 38
Cathedrals and Churches 42
Around Blois and Tours 50
Azay-le-Rideau Indre-Et-Loire 52
Candes-Saint-Martin Indre-Et-Loire 58
Chambord Loir-Et-Cher 64
Cheverny Loir-Et-Cher 68
Crissay-sur-Manse Indre-Et-Loire 72
Langeais Indre-Et-Loire 78
Lavardin Loir-Et-Cher 82
Levroux Indre 88
Montresor Indre-Et-Loire 92
Montrichard Loir-Et-Cher 98
Richelieu Indre-Et-Loire 102
Saint-Aignan Loir-Et-Cher 106
Selles-sur-Cher Loir-Et-Cher 112
Villandry Indre-Et-Loire 116
Chateaux of the Loire 122
Around Angers and Nantes 130
Bauge Maine-Et-Loire 132
Beaufort-en-Vallee Maine-Et-Loire 136
Chenille-Change Maine-Et-Loire 140
Clisson Loire-Atlantique 146
Fontevraud-l'Abbaye Maine-Et-Loire 152
La Meilleraie Loire-Atlantique 158
Le Lion-d'Angers Maine-Et-Loire 162
Montreuil-Bellay Maine-Et-Loire 166
Oudon Loire-Atlantique 172
Saint-Fiacre-sur-Maine Loire-Atlantique 176
Savennieres Maine-Et-Loire 182
Suce-sur-Erdre Loire-Atlantique 188
Trentemoult Loire-Atlantique 192
Map 198
Eating in the Loire 198
A Travellers' Guide 200
Further Reading 208
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