Saturday, 14 May 2016

Village Streets

When you book a one day tour with Loire Valley Time Travel we like to plan so that you don't spend too much time in the car. This allows you more time to stop and enjoy how peaceful the area is, a perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle that is Paris.

This often means that we travel down roads too narrow for a bus, to villages that the larger tour companies can't reach. If this sounds like your kind of break, email us and we can start planning your trip to the hidden corners of the Loire Valley.

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Watching Experts at Work

Old buildings and objects require a lot of maintenance, and much of the important conservation work at chateaux takes place between the end of September and the beginning of April. Far from spoiling your visit, this can often enhance it. You can see close up the detailed work of repairing and maintaining these priceless buildings and their contents.

Sometimes the conservator is even happy to talk about his or her work and can provide fascinating behind the scenes facts about how a decorative element was made or the particular problems of caring for certain objects. 

October and March are ideal times to visit if you are interested in how the chateaux are cared for. Visitor numbers are low, but the weather is often mild - just the sort of time delicate conservation work will be scheduled. After all you can't do precision work with frozen hands, and many old fashioned materials cannot be used when it is too cold.

If you are interested in the behind the scenes management of historic monuments email us and ask about tours in the spring or autumn. We can't guarantee you will get to talk to a conservator, but we will do our best to give you an idea of what goes in to the care of the wonderful Loire chateaux.

Saturday, 16 April 2016

On the Road with Loire Valley Time Travel

If you're travelling in a group of between four and seven people, we have a real treat in store for you; a 1950's style convoy.

We have two 1950's Citroën Traction Avant cars, and a second driver. When we have larger groups we use both cars and drivers, and take to the road in convoy. Travelling with just the one car always causes people to stop and stare, travelling with two cars in convoy makes people forget their inhibition and wave to us as we pass.

When we stop, we get into converstaion with people who remember the cars from their childhood, or who learnt to drive in one, and we often return to the cars to discover people having their picture taken with them.

If you're travelling in a group, and would like to see the chateaux of the Loire valley in 1950's style, email us, and we will design your special day out.