Crossing the Loir Valley with all the memorable medieval and renaissance chateaux of the area around the river, was definitely one of the best parts of my roadtrip.
The gardens and the labyrinth at Chateau de Chenonceau are competing in beauty the main building with the arches
and the lush rooms.
The black mourning bedroom of Louise of Lorraine was enchanting, decorated with feathers (from the old French word “penne”, meaning sorrow), silver tears, grave-diggers shovels, widows’ cordons and crowns of thorns after her husbands assassination.
The local methode champenoise is the best sparkling wine outside Champagne.
Cheese again and again. I think I’ve tried every type of chevre that exists out there.
The duck salad at Le pot de Lapin.
Breathtaking view from the castle of Chinon.
The painteresque medieval town of Saumur, built by the river, and its charming chateau.
The countryside and the routes alongside the Loir river is something that cannot be missed.