The department of Mayenne is in the Pays de la Loire and its capital is Laval. It’s the sort of town where you immediately feel you can relax and chill out. There are excellent restaurants serving fabulous local produce, one of the best markets in France, chateaux galore and incredible art museums. It’s a laid-back […]
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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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 […]
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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I call myself a Cointreau fan. I’ve enjoyed many a “blue moon” (Cointreau with lemonade and a dash of lime) in my time, so when I went to Angers, in the heart of the Loire Valley, and discovered Cointreau are based there, I wasn’t going to miss an opportunity to go and see how it’s […]
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 […]
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 […]
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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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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GREAT chateaux and museums, sensational restaurants, new hotels and fabulous wines, a beautiful bay, award winning theme park and a whole lot more. 10 excellent reasons to visit the Pays de la Loire in 2017. 1. Puy du Fou – one of the best theme parks in the world This award winning Vendée theme park, […]
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