A Loir unto itself

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THERE AREN’T MANY places where the stresses of the previous working Week disappear within minutes of touchdown fake montblanc star steel jewellery watch but the Loir is certainly one of them.

A relatively unexplored region of France whatever it may lack in beaches and nightlife is more than made up for with a rich history good food and quiet solitude – all aspects a stressed out city slicker can appreciate.

But don’t worry it’s not too quiet there’s still plenty to do.

For one the valley is a gourmet delight. Although some people criticise French food’s intransigence the offerings at the many restaurants and bistros in the towns of La Flèche Le Lude Château Du Loir replica swiss a lange & sohne watches La Chartre and the Bercé Forest do what the French do best: fresh produce that is simply traditionally and deliciously prepared.

And despite France’s depeche mode attitude all the restaurants have an unpretentious attitude.

You could show up in shorts or a cotton dress and nobody would mind: this part of the country is miles away from the fashion-conscious Glitterati of Paris or the Riviera.

Three of the wines from the region in which the Loir is found – Jasnières Coteaux Du Loire and Coteaux Du Vendômois – have Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) status and tours are available of many of the vineyards.

The Loir’s history is a lavish one. From the 15th to 18th centuries it was the playground of the French nobility who transformed old fortifications into lavish châteaux.

Château Le Lude is considered one of the best to visit. Its origins date back to the 10th century and it offers a unique opportunity to see French architecture from medieval times to the Renaissance. It is still beautifully maintained to this day.

The gardens provide the perfect background to find a patch of shade loll around on the grass and digest lunch.

Holidaymakers with more time can hike canoe the Loir or spend time exploring the wider region. The people here are warm and friendly. They enjoy a slower pace of life and take pride in traditional living. And that kind of attitude alone was priceless especially for someone who returned to a busy office and a mountain of mail.


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