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.

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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.

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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.

Sunday, 11 October 2020

Fields of Golden Sunflowers in the Loire Valley


Lots of clients tell us that one of their hopes for their day in the Loire Valley is to see fields of golden sunflowers. They've usually been told that July is the season for the glorious sunflower fields stretching to the horizon -- and we are happy to confirm that this is true.

Sunflowers and Citroen Traction Avant. Touraine Loire Valley. France. Photo by Susan Walter.




Anyone who books for July is guaranteed a treat. The sunflowers will be out and proud!

If you want to see the sunflowers in all their glory, let us design a tour that meanders from chateau to chateau through sunlit yellow fields.

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

Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Joan of Arc in the City of Tours


Joan of Arc is a household name, and most people have a good idea of who she was and what she did. But they associate her with the City of Orleans, without realising that much of her story happened in Tours, Loches and Chinon -- all places that we do chauffeured or walking tours. Joan is a fascinating character, thoroughly deserving her international contemporary fame. We love to tell people some of the detail of her life and take them to places that she would still recognise.

The premises where Joan's armour was made.
The premises where Joan of Arc's armour was made in Tours.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.


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Saturday, 3 October 2020

Australians in the Loire Valley


Well there is us at Loire Valley Time Travel, for a start! Susan and Simon both grew up in Australia. But at the Chateau of Cheverny they have some other resident Australians on the estate. They add a charming touch of exoticism to the beautiful grounds. The Black Swans floating serenely on the river at the bottom of the garden are native to Australia.

Black Swan at the Chateau of Cheverny. Loir et Cher. 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.