Robert Tatin museum Mayenne | Weird whacky and wonderful

19 Mar

Robert Tatin was an extraordinary French artist whose home in the lush department of Mayenne, Pays de la Loire in north west France, became a museum. You may never have heard of him but once you see his house and art, you’re unlikely to forget it. Robert Tatin Robert Tatin was born in 1902 in […]

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What to see and do in Saumur Loire Valley

31 Jan

Saumur is a tranquil sort of town with a friendly ambience. It’s a great place for those who love culture, history, beautiful architecture, wine and great French cuisine. And, let’s face it, it doesn’t get much more tempting than that does it?! History of Saumur 5000 years ago there were settlers here and just 2km […]

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How to spend a weekend in Angers in the Loire Valley

10 Aug

This buzzing city of more than 150,000 souls is highly regarded as urban friendly, full of fun, lively with festivals and street theatre. It’s certainly worthy of its accolade as one of the greenest cities in France. It also has a multi-era legacy of stunning architecture; a history that saw it as the pre-Revolution capital […]

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Leonardo da Vinci and the French Connection

14 Jun

Just how did it come about that Leonardo da Vinci, giant of the Italian Renaissance, ended his days in Amboise, France? The short answer is that he had no option. Unwell, nearing the end of his life, Leonardo was down on his luck in Rome. Homeless and jobless he was living on handouts from friends. Proud, over […]

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Life on the Loire River – A Glimpse into the Past

28 Mar

Living in the Loire Valley of France is like living in the midst of an abandoned fairy tale. Though the knights on horseback and the feuding kings of medieval times are long gone, the shadows they left behind conjure the magic of days gone by. You’ll find yourself constantly amazed at the enchanting villages you […]

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Centre of Contemporary Creation Olivier Debré opens in Tours

22 Mar

In March 2017, a unique centre of art opened in the heart of the Loire Valley in the city of Tours. Aiming to bring contemporary art to all, the new centre opened the doors of its brand new state of the art building, a fitting home for modern art. Designed by architects Aires Mateus in […]

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Unique Culinary Vacations with La Vie du Château in France

20 Mar

There can be little that is more fun and more fabulous than taking a cookery lesson in a château in France – a land where gastronomy is UNESCO listed because it’s such an important part of French culture. And there’s nowhere better for an authentic culinary vacation and to experience the art of French living […]

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