Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Travel Inspiration - Loire Valley

     So while I'm all the way around the other side of the world in Hong Kong, I thought we'd take a look back at the last time I lived abroad. As some may already know, I spent the third year of my degree living in France (an inevitable part of a French degree!). To be specific, I lived in a town called Tours, in the Loire Valley region. Naturally, while I was there, I visited many other towns and places in the region, including several of the splendid châteaux the valley is known for (find out more about those here and here). While my opinions on my year abroad as a whole were mixed, to say the least, there's no denying that the Loire Valley is a beautiful region, both in its natural setting, and its wonderful architecture, full of intrictae detailing and Gothic inspiration. The first few photos here were taken around Tours itself, while the others are from various chaâteaux and towns nearby, including Saumur, Amboise, Blois, Langeais, Chenonceau, and Chambord.

Town hall and fountain of Place Jean Jaurès in Tours, France

Wishing well in a park in Tours, France

View of the River Loire from its banks in Tours, France

Old fashioned street in Tours, France

Exterior of Cathédrale Saint-Gatien in Tours, France

Exterior of Saumur Château, Loire Valley, France

View of Saumur from the château, in the Loire Valley of France

Orléans Cathedral, Loire Valley, France

Château in Langeais, Loire Valley, France

Château in Langeais, Loire Valley, France

View of Blois from the château, in the Loire Valley of France

Château de Blois, in the Loire Valley of France

Château de Beauregard, Loire Valley, France

Château de Chambord, Loire Valley, France

Chambord Château, Loire Valley, France

Chambord Château, Loire Valley, France

House covered in flowers in the grounds of Chenonceau Château, Loire Valley, France

Tower of Chenonceau Château, Loire Valley, France

Chenonceau Château, crossing the Cher river, in the Loire Valley, France

Gardens of Chenonceau Château, Loire Valley, France

Farmstead in the grounds of Chenonceau Chaâteau, Loire Valley, France

Amboise town & château, Loire Valley, France

View of Amboise and River Loire from the château, in the Loire Valley, France

Da Vinci's garden in the Clos Lucé, Amboise, France

Da Vinci's sketches in the gardens of the Clos Lucé, Amboise, France

Da Vinci's boats on the pond in the gardens of the Clos Lucé, Amboise, France

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