One of the best things about living in Paris is taking vacation like a true Parisian. This past Toussaint, the Savoir Faire Paris team took our Frenchmen and the puppy, piled into the car and headed southwest to the Vallée de la Loire for a week of countryside exploring.
Located only three hours from Paris, the Loire Valley, as it is called in English, is comprised of about 800 kilometers of historic towns, vineyards, and over 300 châteaux, all spanning along the middle stretch of the Loire River. Its rolling green hills, quaint villages, beautiful architecture and its proximity to Paris make for a perfect getaway from daily Parisian life.
We rented a house in the western part of the region, not far from the city of Angers. We spent our days exploring the sights of the Vallée de la Loire and our evenings curled up by the fire in our cozy house. The temperatures are usually a little milder than in Paris and we had four days of beautiful blue skies and sunshine before the rain kicked in towards the end of the week.
The region is packed full of sights. We visited the picturesque châteaux of Villandry and Chambord as well as the smaller Château d’Angers. Instead of tasting the light crisp wines of the region, we toured the caves of Bouvet-Ladubay in Saumur to taste their famous sparkling red wine. We also visited the spectacular Cathedral Saint-Etienne in the quaint town of Bourges.
What are your favorite sights in the Loire? I am sure we will return soon to explore more!