September 2014

Chateau Breze and the Troglos

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We had several days to stay in the area until our friends Bob and Patty could catch up to us, so we explored the area south of Saumur. This area is fascinating and worth exploring both above and below the ground! The Breze Castle with is surrounded by the deepest dry moat in France and from the bottom of the moat, fanning out in all directions is an entire city complete with bakeries and wineries and animal shelters to support the castle. This is one of the most fascinating castles in the Loire valley, but because it is out of the way it is not as frequently visited or well known.

Chinon

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In the morning we set off for Chinon and yet another amazing chateau - this one a real fighting castle and a medieval fortress where the knights of Templar were executed. A truly awesome castle and a lot of history and stories associated with it.

Azay le Rideau

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After the thrill/challenge of taking our trusty steeds one at a time up the glass elevator to Chinon Castle, we continued on up the ridge and eventually made it to the high plateau above the beautiful Vienne River.

Blois

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We spent a couple of days at a small AirBNB apartment in Blois mostly resting as I was still sick. The city of Blois is nice with a lovely walking zone and square. We enjoyed the castle although any castle is going to be anticlimactic after Chambord. We had planned on riding 2 days to St Pierre Des Corps near Tours, but since I was recovering we decided to take the train.

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