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The Loir Valley

(with Gastronomic Sunday Lunch at Le Cheval Blanc)

 

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One branch of the via Turonensis, the pilgrim's road to Santiago de Compostela from Paris, followed the Loir River Valley (not the same as the Loire River Valley - that's bigger and a bit further south) for a lot of the way from Chartres to Tours.  Below are links to photos of a couple of the churches the pilgrims would have visited.  The Vendome tourist people list over 20 churches in the area with frescos, but we rather think that most of these are fragmentary or modern and that the two below - which happen to be close to each other -  are the best for simple beauty and getting a feel for what it was like when churches were painted, which they all were.  You can also pop into the next door troglodyte village of Trou.

 

There is a third little chapel (St-Gilles in Montoire) that is also said to be well worth a visit for its dancing angels, tetramorph, two virtue / sin (Castitas v Luxuria, and Patiencia v Ira) illustrations and other frescos (even including a Pisces zodiac sign) but we could not find it!  We have since discovered that it stands past the market square down narrow alley "in a beautiful spot flanked by the river" so that should make the search easier (except you also have to find the tourist office outside of their long lunch hour to get a key).  More easily, there are 4 pages of photos on the excellent Romanesque in France site art-roman.net .

 

It was in a rail car parked near Montoire that Adolph Hitler met with Maréchal Pétain on 24 October 1940, as a result of which the French government of Pétain committed to collaborate with the Nazis.

 

 

THE CHURCH OF ST-GENEST, LAVARDIN

 

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THE LITTLE PILGRIMAGE CHURCH OF ST-JACQUES DES GUÉRETS

 

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AND ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RIVER LOIR, MICHEL COYAULT, CHEF GASTRONOMIQUE, GREETS SUNDAY LUNCH GUESTS AT THE WHITE HORSE (WHICH IS ALSO A ** HOTEL)

 

 

 

Le Cheval Blanc at Troo - Restaurant and ** Hotel - tel: 02 54 72 58 22, fax: 02 54 72 55 44, restaurant closed all Monday, and Tuesday lunch

 

 

 

Cheval Blanc - Restaurant

 

 

 

Cheval Blanc - some little hot and cold appetizers to go with the sparkling aperitif.

 

 

 

Cheval Blanc - Le Bloc

 

 

 

Cheval Blanc - scallop mousse with lobster sauce

 

 

 

The River Loir - to the north of its much bigger brother with an e.

 

 

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