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Most Beautiful Villages of the Loire : Most Beautiful Villages - Hugh Palmer

Most Beautiful Villages of the Loire

Most Beautiful Villages

Hardcover Published: 1st November 2001
ISBN: 9780500510513
Number Of Pages: 208

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Usually associated with splendid Renaissance chateaux and historical monuments, the Loire valley is in fact a place of even greater interest than the image of popular perception. The Loire River itself is the longest in France and passes through a succession of landscapes, many of them of a richness that proves this is truly "the garden of France". And there is variety too, reflected in the buildings and settings of the beautiful villages so stunningly illustrated in this book.

Traveling west, James Bentley and Hugh Palmer take us first to the communities around Orleans, the villages of the Loiret and Cher departements. We then progress to the lands around Blois and Tours, where, it is said, the purest French is spoken. Here begin the villages with the great chateaux, such as Chambord, Cheverny, and Azay-le-Rideau, reached by long roads lined with poplars or lying beside the banks of one of the many tributaries of the Loire. The slopes here are frequently vine-clad, producing the delicious white wines that make such a fine accompaniment to the traditional fish cuisine of the region. And finally we arrive at the villages around Angers and Nantes where willow-lined rivers divide a landscape of quiet opulence, and green fields alternate with market gardens growing vegetables, flowers, and fruit.

Over thirty villages of the Loire valley are described and beautifully photographed in this book, which is completed by special sections on wine and food and abbeys and churches. As with all the volumes in The Most Beautiful Villages series, there are appendices listing the most important sites, markets, hotels, and restaurants.

Introductionp. 6
Around Orleansp. 12
Apremont-sur-Allier Cherp. 14
Aubigny-sur-Nere Cherp. 20
La Chapelle-d'Angillon Cherp. 24
La Ferte-Saint-Aubin Loiretp. 28
Mehun-sur-Yevre Cherp. 34
Meung-sur-Loire Loiretp. 38
Cathedrals and Churchesp. 42
Around Blois and Toursp. 50
Azay-le-Rideau Indre-Et-Loirep. 52
Candes-Saint-Martin Indre-Et-Loirep. 58
Chambord Loir-Et-Cherp. 64
Cheverny Loir-Et-Cherp. 68
Crissay-sur-Manse Indre-Et-Loirep. 72
Langeais Indre-Et-Loirep. 78
Lavardin Loir-Et-Cherp. 82
Levroux Indrep. 88
Montresor Indre-Et-Loirep. 92
Montrichard Loir-Et-Cherp. 98
Richelieu Indre-Et-Loirep. 102
Saint-Aignan Loir-Et-Cherp. 106
Selles-sur-Cher Loir-Et-Cherp. 112
Villandry Indre-Et-Loirep. 116
Chateaux of the Loirep. 122
Around Angers and Nantesp. 130
Bauge Maine-Et-Loirep. 132
Beaufort-en-Vallee Maine-Et-Loirep. 136
Chenille-Change Maine-Et-Loirep. 140
Clisson Loire-Atlantiquep. 146
Fontevraud-l'Abbaye Maine-Et-Loirep. 152
La Meilleraie Loire-Atlantiquep. 158
Le Lion-d'Angers Maine-Et-Loirep. 162
Montreuil-Bellay Maine-Et-Loirep. 166
Oudon Loire-Atlantiquep. 172
Saint-Fiacre-sur-Maine Loire-Atlantiquep. 176
Savennieres Maine-Et-Loirep. 182
Suce-sur-Erdre Loire-Atlantiquep. 188
Trentemoult Loire-Atlantiquep. 192
Mapp. 198
Eating in the Loirep. 198
A Travellers' Guidep. 200
Further Readingp. 208
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ISBN: 9780500510513
ISBN-10: 0500510512
Series: Most Beautiful Villages
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st November 2001
Publisher: THAMES & HUDSON
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 31.75 x 25.91  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 1.68
Edition Number: 1