Sunday, 5 April 2020

Mistletoe in the Loire Valley

Travellers who come early in the year to tour with us in the Loire Valley often ask what the green balls in many of the otherwise bare trees are. Sometimes they guess it must be mistletoe, but often they have never seen real mistletoe and are delighted to discover that it is abundant in the Loire Valley. In France there are much the same traditions of hanging mistletoe over a door or a fireplace at Christmas time that there are in anglophone countries. Kissing under the mistletoe is a way of signaling that you are betrothed, and mistletoe is a symbol of good luck and prosperity.

Mistletoe Viscum album in a tree.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

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