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Centre Val De Loire

Tours - Basilica St. Martin

Tours – Basilica St Martin – Loire Valley

Tours, the capital of Touraine, is known as the City of St. Martin, its 1st bishop, and is a major university town and trade centre for the Centre-Ouest region

Loire Valley - Gabare

Loire Valley, the Royal Valley

The Loire Valley is also known as the Royal Valley because of the many chateaux the kings of the French Renaissance and their vassals built along the river
Aerial photo of the Chateau de Chinon

Chateau de Chinon – Loire Valley – History

Chateau de Chinon, restored ruins of the fortress built by Henry II of England where Joan of Arc came to serve King Charles VII during the Hundred years War
Cycling along the Loire River

Cycling along the Loire River

The best cycling routes along the Loire River, a series of trails that follow the river from its spring in Auvergne downwards to its mouth in the Atlantic
Chateau de Villandry and gardens

Villandry Renaissance Chateau – Gardens

The Renaissance Chateau and gardens of Villandry in the Loire Valley, fully restored by Joachim Carvallo, and today registered as UNESCO's World Heritage

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