Saturday, 8 August 2020

Guided Visit to Chenonceau in the Loire Valley


Chenonceau is by far the most popular site in the Loire Valley to visit, and the third most popular heritage site outside of Paris. There is a good reason for that. It offers lovely surrounds for anyone who just wants a pleasant day in a fabulous setting. But we know that lots of you like a more indepth understanding of a place like this, and this is where we can work with you. If you want to know more about the women who lived here or where the most intriguing graffiti is, we can help you. If you want to know how tapestries like the ones at Chenonceau drove the economy in their day or how the family who currently own the estate saved people in both World Wars, we can help you. Just ask us to include Chenonceau in your personalised tour with us. We would be delighted to do so and you will have made the perfect choice.

Chateau of Chenonceau.  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.

Tuesday, 4 August 2020

A Sign That Summer is Nearly Over in the Loire Valley


How quickly half the year has gone, even though many of us felt like life had come to a standstill! Just as we are about to experience a summer heatwave, the young swallows are signaling that the season is nearly over. They were born in barns all over the Loire Valley just a few months ago. Now they are gathering on the wires and chattering amongst themselves. They are preparing to travel far away, south to Africa. But don't envy them -- their journey is physically arduous and full of dangers. They would not travel unless they had to -- and they do, for they will not survive the winters here, with nothing to eat and inclement weather.

We hope we will be welcoming back both them and you in the spring of 2021.

Juvenile swallows gathering on electricity wires prior to migrating. Indre et Loire. France. Photo by Loire Valley Time Travel.


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.

Friday, 31 July 2020

The Other Mont Saint Michel


Mont Saint Michel is the second most visited heritage attraction outside of Paris, and most definitely not in the Loire Valley (we can only lay claim to the third most visited heritage attraction...*) but you will sometimes see a sort of link to MSM in our area. Once upon a time, the famous monastry island lent its name to a brand of workwear in France. Both the island and the workwear are household names in France, even though nowadays the clothing company makes more fashion oriented gear. In the 19th and 20th centuries they often advertised using painted signs on the sides of buildings and some of these survive as ghost signs. If you are a fan of ghost signs, let us know and we will be sure to point some out to you as we travel through the villages of the Loire Valley.

Mont Saint Michel workwear (bleu de travail) ghost sign.  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.


*The Chateau of Chenonceau is the third most visited heritage attraction outside of Paris.