Sunday, 1 May 2011

The Perfect Anniversary Present

Over the May Day holiday weekend we had the pleasure of showing Jason and Katerina some of the best the Loire Valley has to offer.

Katerina booked a day trip with us as a surprise 10th wedding anniversary present for Jason. She particularly wanted to see Azay-le-Rideau and go to a winery, so we worked with that to create a wonderful day for them both.

After picking them up at their hotel in central Tours, we started the day by visiting Chenonceau. On a warm holiday weekend it was inevitably busy, but although this is the most popular chateau by far, it is rare to feel really crowded.

A busy day at Chenonceau, but Jason and Katerina were still
able to step out onto the balcony without being part of the crowd.
Once we had enjoyed a delicious lunch provided by Laurence at Le Detour we followed the river Indre through pretty villages and past lovely old mills, through the forest and lush green crops, to spend a relaxed hour or so at Azay-le-Rideau while Katerina took some classic photos and bought some fun gifts for their small daughters at home. Then it was on to Chateau de l'Aulee for a tour of the winery and a tasting before heading back to Tours.

Jason had a great day, appreciating the opportunity to see a couple of outstandingly beautiful Renaissance chateaux without feeling rushed, and experience the friendly atmosphere and superb food in a small family run restaurant off the beaten track. We were able to suggest a few things they could enjoy independently for the rest of their stay and we feel sure they will go back home with many happy memories of their time in the Loire.

If you have a special date you want to celebrate, email us and let us create the perfect anniversary present for you.