Castles and Brocantes in La Loire Valley

 In October French schools take 2 weeks off for their Toussaint break.  Toussaint, or All Saints’ Day, is a time when they honor their dead.  Our children don’t go to a French school, so they only get 1 week off of school.  We decided to take this time to visit La Loire Valley.  Here are a couple photos from the beginning of our trip.

Our trip started with a stop in Orleans.  We walked through the cathedral and then through a market that was just closing.  I was going from table to table as quickly as I could before the vendors packed things up.  I did find a few things that were worth bringing home.

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From Orleans we drove on to Amboise where we were staying.

This is where Leonardo Da Vinci is buried, in Chateau Amboise.  This was our view during dinner.

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On our way to Chinon we drove by this ‘little’ chateau.  They had signs all over advertising for an upcoming brocante.  I am trying to decide if a 2 1/2 hour drive is worth it.

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Chinon was a great stop for the whole family.  We had a treat from a local bakery and toured the castle.  Joan of Arc came here for a meeting.

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 After the castle we headed down into the city for the monthly brocante.  The vendors set up along the banks of the river.  There was a playground across the street from the brocante so I was able to listen to the laughter of my children while I collected as many treasures as I could carry.

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There are many more pictures to comb through after our very enjoyable trip.

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