Saturday, 16 November 2019

Vegetables at Villandry


One of the most charming things about a visit to the famous gardens of Villandry is that visitors are offered any excess produce. Learn about this and other little secrets of the Loire Valley when you take a tour with us.

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, 12 November 2019

Fungi Foraging in the Loire Valley


Autumn is the season for going out into the forests of the Loire Valley and foraging for fungi. Many local people are adept at finding the often well camouflaged mushrooms, and because we at Loire Valley Time Travel have lived in the area for a long time, we have picked up a lot of knowledge about wild mushrooms.

The grounds of the Chateau of Azay le Rideau can offer an opportunity for an impromptu fungi lesson. This fine crop of mushrooms are Shaggy Ink Caps, considered a great delicacy in the Loire Valley and they popped up in the chateau grounds in October during a rainy spell. Most foragers make them into risotto. If you visit at the right time you could learn how to confidently identify and cook this species which is safe to eat, as well as lookalikes that are not so edible or have interesting medicinal properties.

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.

Friday, 8 November 2019

The Most Magnificent Chateau of the Loire Valley


It is generally accepted that the most magnificent chateau in the Loire Valley is the unfinished royal hunting lodge at Chambord. The roofline is unquestionably stupendous and the setting suitably grand. We don't offer it as a visit in any of our standard tours for logistical reasons, but we are happy to work with clients to create a customised tour which includes it.

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.

Monday, 4 November 2019

Wildlife Spotting in the Loire Valley


The Loire Valley is home to some impressive wildlife but without a guide it isn't always very easy to see. 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, in the autumn, the Red Deer stags will be roaring in the forests and fighting for the hinds. It's not safe to get too close, but if we are lucky one of these magnificent beasts will amble by.

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.