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Loire Valley Chateau - castles

 

The chateau has become synonymous with the Loire Valley from the time it was embraced by French Royalty as a safe haven away from the political back-stabbing of Paris and then as a rich cultural playground. What they and their noble followers created is here for us all to see today, preserved in a way perhaps only the French can -- even to the extent of rebuilding, such as the fortress at Chinon.

 

The Loire Valley castles are as diverse as they are numerous (over 300), from Chenonceau  spanning the river Cher, Chambord with its outrageous and unnecessary scale, Azay-le Rideau seemingly floating on the river Indre, Amboise with its Leonardo de Vinci connection, Cande where Edward Prince of Wales married Wallis Simpson plus many with beautiful gardens such as at Villandry and Chaumont-sur-Loire and a few, like Le Grand Pressigny  and Oiron housing museums and galleries - definitely something for everyone! 

 

Their influence and the areas natural beauty made UNESCO designate a large stretch of the river  Loire, which includes many of the best chateau, a world heritage site. Listed are many of the more famous Loire chateau --  you will have to decide yourself on which ones to visit. They are easily accessible from anywhere within the region and also France's capital city, Paris.

 

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If you travel to France, even if it just to visit Paris you should find some time to visit this beautiful part of the country - you'll be very glad you did !

 

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"Author: Jim Craig"