Friday, 23 October 2020

Fairytale Chateaux in the Loire Valley


We hear the expression 'fairytale chateau' bandied about liberally in gushy touristic promotional literature, but in some cases the description is literal. At least two chateaux in the Loire Valley were the inspiration for two of the most famous fairy tales by Charles Perrault. It is well known that the Chateau of Ussé is associated with the story of Sleeping Beauty, but what is much less well known is that the chateau of Chaumont provided the backdrop for Cinderella. On our tours we specialise in the quirky and little known histories. Of course we give you some well known background, but our tours are always spiced up with intriguing tales that have mostly been forgotten by others.
 
Chateau de Chaumont sur Loire. Touraine Loire Valley. France. Photo by Susan Walter.
Chateau de Chaumont sur Loire.

To enquire about our private guided tours of chateaux, wineries, markets and more email us or use our contact form. More tour ideas can be found on the Loire Valley Time Travel website.

Monday, 19 October 2020

Wildlife Spotting in the Loire Valley



The Loire Valley rich in wildlife but without a guide it isn't always very easy to see. Many species in the forest are shy and don't allow people too close. We love nature as much as we love history and food, so we are always happy to stop for a bit of wildlife spotting when there is an opportunity. For example, red squirrels are very secretive and most people never see them. It's impossible to get really close, but if we are lucky one of these adorable critters will pause long enough for a photo.

Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

To enquire about our private guided tours of chateaux, wineries, markets and more email us or use our contact form. More tour ideas can be found on the Loire Valley Time Travel website.

Thursday, 15 October 2020

Door Furniture in the Loire Valley


Many people collect door fittings, either physically or more commonly, by photographing them. These people love the Loire Valley because the range of splendid and unusual door knobs, hinges and knockers is just about endless. One of the most popular is the so-called 'Hand of Fatima' style, featuring a woman's hand. We will be sure to tell you the somewhat unsatisfactory history of this distinctive door knocker if we pass a suitable door while you are with us.

So-called 'Hand of Fatima' door knocker. Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

To enquire about our private guided tours of chateaux, wineries, markets and more email us or use our contact form. More tour ideas can be found on the Loire Valley Time Travel website.