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Bourgueil Abbey of Saint-Pierre Includes a Remarkable Collection of Artifacts

The Bourgueil Abbey, officially known as Abbaye Saint-Pierre de Bourgueil-en-Vallée, was founded in 990. The Comtesse de Poitiers (Countess of Poitiers) Emma of Blois founded it as a Benedictine Abbey. A bit of her history can be found in this article . We visited Bourgueil for the first time in 2014 but the Abbey was ...

saumur

Exploring Saumur Before our Visit to the Château

This Saumur blogpost has been updated to reflect our 2017 vist. The town of Saumur in the Anjou (Maine et Loire) Region of France is well known for its wine, mushrooms and, of course, its château. Like Angers, it is close to both mushroom caves and other troglodyte attractions such as restaurants, night clubs and ...

Châteaudun

It was a super quiet Sunday afternoon when we arrived in Châteaudun to visit the Château. As you can see the streets were deserted. We had just come from church in Bonneval where the street was filled with people chatting with one another and/or standing in line at the boulangerie for baguettes for the noon meal. Here, ...

Candes-St-Martin and her Collegiate Church of St-Martin

We were lured to Candes-St-Martin and her Collegiate Church of St-Martin when we planned our trip because this village is listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France, les plus beaux villages de France. Like neighboring Montsoreau, Candes-St-Martin and her Collegiate Church of St-Martin perches on the banks of the ...

Montrésor and Her Collegiate Church

Montrésor is a beautiful village to visit! In fact, it is officially listed as one of the"plus beaux villages de France “ which translates to one of the most beautiful villages in France. There are 157 villages which have received this designation and Michelin provides a map of them. Stop in at a local “Librairie”  or ...

Château de Montrésor

The village of Montrésor is perched on a cliff in the Loire Valley with the Château de Montrésor at the highest point. This is a beautiful little château in an idyllic setting and I had lots of fun trying to capture that "perfect photo" of "my treasure" (mon-trésor).     Perched high on a cliff ...

La Corroirie du Liget

La Corroirie du Liget

We spotted La Corroirie du Liget set back from the D760 on the edge of the forest as we were driving home from a day in Montrésor. It was one of those “after thought” stops. That’s what I like about driving some of the smaller roads in France. You never know what surprise you are going to find so we generally leave ...