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Heritage

Nature - Historical buildings - Châteaux - Castles - Ecclesiastical buildings - Gardens - Folklore - History - Prehistory - Traditions

Local Produce

Goat's cheese - Wine - Poultry

Arts

Poetry and literature - Painting and drawing

Tourist

Touring - Photo albums - Personal web sites - Official web sites

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Heritage

Nature

Touraine wild flowers
http://www.pluct.fr/flore_tourangelle.htm

Portraits of more than a hundred species of wild flowers in Touraine (well compressed thumbnails and medium-sized images). A small part of a very large site showing the plant life, the landscape, life and puddles in the countryside around Chinon. (French Web site)

Parc naturel régional de Brenne
http://www.parc-naturel-brenne.fr/english/conte...

French version
http://www.parc-naturel-brenne.fr/

Mini English site about the 1000 lakes Brenne area. The French version is a well constructed official site with good photos (a bit small), useful information and downloadable guides.

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Historical buildings

France Balade, Luynes and Cinq Mars
http://www.francebalade.com/loire/luynes.htm

A page about Luynes and Cinq Mars with a few photos of Gallo-Roman and medieval vestiges. (French Web site)

France Balade, Amboise
http://www.francebalade.com/loire/amboise.htm

Large page with historical and architectural details about Amboise. Lots of photos, highly compressed to load quickly. (French Web site)

France Balade, Richelieu
http://www.francebalade.com/valvienne/richelieu...

Large page with historical and architectural details about the remarkable town. Lots of photos. (French Web site)

France Balade, Montrichard
http://www.francebalade.com/valcher/montrichard...

Large page with historical and architectural details about Montrichard and nearby villages. Lots of photos, highly compressed to load quickly. (French Web site)

France Balade, Sainte Maure
http://www.francebalade.com/valvienne/stemaure.htm

A page about the town and nearby villages, with historical and architectural details and several photos. (French Web site)

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Châteaux

France Balade, Villandry
http://www.francebalade.com/valcher/villandry.htm

Large page about the château and the village. Lots of photos, highly compressed to load quickly. (French Web site)

Château de Riveau
http://www.chateaudurivau.com/english/index.html

Site with a quick guide to the château and gardens, history, exhibitions etc. Beware - do not click on “home”!

France Balade, Ussé
http://www.francebalade.com/valindre/usse.htm

A nice page about the château and the surrounding area. Several photos. (French Web site)

France Balade, Langeais
http://www.francebalade.com/loire/langeais.htm

Large page with historical and architectural details about Langeais and the château. Lots of photos, highly compressed to load quickly. (French Web site)

ABC of castles on Internet
http://cecf.perso.libertysurf.fr/abc/dep/dep_37...

Short reviews of hundreds of sites about châteaux all over France. (French Web site)

France Balade, Chenonceau
http://www.francebalade.com/valcher/chenonceau.htm

Large page with the history of Chenonceau and descriptions of the buildings. Several photos. (French Web site)

France Balade, Azay le Rideau
http://www.francebalade.com/valindre/azayrideau...

Large page about the château and the village. Lots of photos, highly compressed to load quickly. (French Web site)

Château de Chenonceau
http://www.chateau-de-chenonceau.fr/media/gb/in...

A brief guide to the château, gardens and wax museum

Unexpected Touraine
http://www.formatage.org/branches/realisations/...

Touraine as seen by a senior citizens club in Belgium.

Thirty or so pages describing a variety of facets of the cultural heritage of Touraine, with some smallish pictures. (French Web site)

AF OUAIBE, portrait of Azay le Rideau
http://aflaurent.com/index.php3?theme=4&sou...

Little page about the castle. (French Web site)

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Castles

France Balade, Loches
http://www.francebalade.com/valindre/loches.htm

Large page with historical and architectural details about Loches. Lots of photos, highly compressed to load quickly. (French Web site)

France Balade, Chinon
http://www.francebalade.com/valvienne/chinon.htm

Large page with historical and architectural details about Chinon and its castle. Lots of photos. (French Web site)

ABC of castles on Internet
http://cecf.perso.libertysurf.fr/abc/dep/dep_37...

Short reviews of hundreds of sites about châteaux all over France. (French Web site)

Casteland, Loches castle
http://www.casteland.com/pfr/chateau/centre/ind...

Several pages of the history, description and photos of the castle. (French Web site)

Arlette Novak
http://arynok.free.fr/index.htm

Arlette Novak's personal pages, with water colours of local castles and a page about the Montbazon keep. A little bit of English. (French Web site)

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Ecclesiastical buildings

Ecclesiastical architecture, St Ours in Loches
http://architecture.reli2.free.fr/loches.htm

Good pages about this church with plenty of detail and easy to read. (French Web site)

Ecclesiastical architecture, Holy Trinity Abbey, Beaulieu lès Loches
http://architecture.relig.free.fr/beaulieu_loch...

Several pages about this church with plenty of detail and easy to read. The photos are a bit vertiginous. (French Web site)

France Balade, Fontevraud Abbey
http://www.francebalade.com/anjou/fontevraud.htm

Large page about a great abbey, its history and architecture, several photos. (French Web site)

France Balade, Candes St Martin and Montsoreau
http://www.francebalade.com/anjou/candmontso.htm

A nice page about two villages on the Anjou frontier. (French Web site)

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Gardens

Pierre-Luc's Garden - February 2002
http://www.pluct.fr/printemps.htm

Pierre-Luc's Garden - March 2002
http://www.pluct.fr/printemps_4.htm

Pierre-Luc's Garden - June 2002
http://www.pluct.fr/printemps_7.htm

Pierre-Luc's Garden - December 2002
http://www.pluct.fr/jardin_decembre.htm

Take your time. Hundreds of pictures (well compressed thumbnails and medium-sized images) and thousands of words on a dozen pages showing the changing seasons in a garden in our mild climate. A small part of a very large site showing the plant life, the landscape, life and puddles in the countryside around Chinon. (French Web site)

Land Art at the Collège Louis Leger
http://www.fr37.net/ll/jardin_2003/

The Land Art project for first year college (11 year old) pupils, with a gallery of their creations. (French Web site)

Chaumont Gardens 2002
http://www.exporevue.com/magazine/fr/chaumont_e...

Chaumont 2002: erotic man. A few big photos and a lot of explanation. (French Web site)

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Folklore

Touraine folk tales
http://archivepressendlr.free.fr/legendes.htm

A dozen Touraine stories and beliefs. (French Web site)

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History

France Balade, Luynes and Cinq Mars
http://www.francebalade.com/loire/luynes.htm

A page about Luynes and Cinq Mars with a few photos of Gallo-Roman and medieval vestiges. (French Web site)

France Balade, Loches
http://www.francebalade.com/valindre/loches.htm

Large page with historical and architectural details about Loches. Lots of photos, highly compressed to load quickly. (French Web site)

AF OUAIBE, portrait of Amboise
http://aflaurent.com/index.php3?theme=4&sou...

An interesting and concise history with photos of historical buildings, highly compressed to load quickly. (French Web site)

France Balade, Amboise
http://www.francebalade.com/loire/amboise.htm

Large page with historical and architectural details about Amboise. Lots of photos, highly compressed to load quickly. (French Web site)

France Balade, Langeais
http://www.francebalade.com/loire/langeais.htm

Large page with historical and architectural details about Langeais and the château. Lots of photos, highly compressed to load quickly. (French Web site)

France Balade, Chinon
http://www.francebalade.com/valvienne/chinon.htm

Large page with historical and architectural details about Chinon and its castle. Lots of photos. (French Web site)

France Balade, Richelieu
http://www.francebalade.com/valvienne/richelieu...

Large page with historical and architectural details about the remarkable town. Lots of photos. (French Web site)

France Balade, La Loire
http://www.francebalade.com/loire/index.html

1000 km of river in one large page, history and heritage. Lots of photos, highly compressed to load quickly. (French Web site)

France Balade, Château Renault
http://www.francebalade.com/touraine/chatrenau.htm

Large page with historical and architectural details about Château Renault. Lots of photos, highly compressed to load quickly. (French Web site)

France Balade, Montrichard
http://www.francebalade.com/valcher/montrichard...

Large page with historical and architectural details about Montrichard and nearby villages. Lots of photos, highly compressed to load quickly. (French Web site)

France Balade, Sainte Maure
http://www.francebalade.com/valvienne/stemaure.htm

A page about the town and nearby villages, with historical and architectural details and several photos. (French Web site)

Unexpected Touraine
http://www.formatage.org/branches/realisations/...

Touraine as seen by a senior citizens club in Belgium.

Thirty or so pages describing a variety of facets of the cultural heritage of Touraine, with some smallish pictures. (French Web site)

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Prehistory

Les Maîtreaux, Bossay-sur-Claise, Solutrean workshop
http://lesmaitreaux.serveurweb.org/

Site with photos and technical but reasonably easy-to-understand text about a Palaeolithic flint workshop. (French Web site)

La Picardie, Preuilly-sur-Claise, Gravettian workshop
http://lapicardie.serveurweb.org/

Site with photos and technical but reasonably easy-to-understand text about a Palaeolithic flint workshop. (French Web site)

Living heritage in the Claise basin in Touraine
http://perso.club-internet.fr/prehisto/homefr.htm

General site covering archaeological sites and nature in the Claise basin. Information about the activities of the association “Patrimoine Vivant en Claise Tourangelle” and archaeological and discovery courses. (French Web site)

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Traditions

Along the river Vienne
http://www.pluct.fr/vienne1.htm

Loire boats
http://www.pluct.fr/vienne11.htm

A glimpse of the rivers and their traditional river boats. A small part of a very large site showing the plant life, the landscape, life and puddles in the countryside around Chinon. (French Web site)

Unexpected Touraine
http://www.formatage.org/branches/realisations/...

Touraine as seen by a senior citizens club in Belgium.

Thirty or so pages describing a variety of facets of the cultural heritage of Touraine, with some smallish pictures. (French Web site)

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Local Produce

Goat's cheese

Selles sur Cher goat's cheese ID card
http://www.inao.gouv.fr/public/produits/detailP...

INAO official denomination (French Web site)

Pouligny Saint-Pierre goat's cheese ID card
http://www.inao.gouv.fr/public/produits/detailP...

INAO official denomination (French Web site)

Sainte Maure goat's cheese ID card
http://www.inao.gouv.fr/public/produits/detailP...

INAO official denomination (French Web site)

Valençay Saint-Pierre goat's cheese ID card
http://www.inao.gouv.fr/public/produits/detailP...

INAO official denomination (French Web site)

Chambre d'agriculture de Loir et Cher, goat’s cheese
http://www.loir-et-cher.chambagri.fr/static/pro...

Basic information about the local goat's cheese. (French Web site)

AF OUAIBE Sainte-Maure goat's cheese
http://aflaurent.com/index.php3?theme=4&sou...

A nice mature goat's cheese page (French Web site)

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Wine

AF OUAIBE, Vouvray, the town and the wine
http://aflaurent.com/index.php3?theme=4&sou...

Little page about Vouvray, description and history. (French Web site)

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Poultry

La Géline, a "poule de luxe"
http://ja.web-agri.fr/moteur/568/568p45.asp

Basic information well presented. (French Web site)

AF OUAIBE, La Géline
http://aflaurent.com/index.php3?theme=4&sou...

Mini page about this old breed of broiler chicken. (French Web site)

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Arts

Poetry and literature

"Monbazon" by Renée Jeanne Mignard
http://rj-mignard.net/montbazon.htm

One of a collection of poems by a Tourangelle, come back to stay. (French Web site)

"Touraine" by Renée Jeanne Mignard
http://rj-mignard.net/touraine.htm

One of a collection of poems by a Tourangelle, come back to stay. (French Web site)

"The Indre" by Renée Jeanne Mignard
http://rj-mignard.net/indre.htm

One of a collection of poems by a Tourangelle, come back to stay. (French Web site)

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Painting and drawing

Anne Robiette's water-colours
http://www.matouraine.fr/

A collection of water-colours capturing the essence of South Touraine by English-born Anne Robiette who has lived in Loches since 1989.

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Tourist

Touring

France Balade, Luynes and Cinq Mars
http://www.francebalade.com/loire/luynes.htm

A page about Luynes and Cinq Mars with a few photos of Gallo-Roman and medieval vestiges. (French Web site)

France Balade, the Vienne Valley
http://www.francebalade.com/valvienne/index.html

Large page about the Vienne valley, photos and descriptions of historical buildings and villages. (French Web site)

France Balade, Loches
http://www.francebalade.com/valindre/loches.htm

Large page with historical and architectural details about Loches. Lots of photos, highly compressed to load quickly. (French Web site)

France Balade, Villandry
http://www.francebalade.com/valcher/villandry.htm

Large page about the château and the village. Lots of photos, highly compressed to load quickly. (French Web site)

France Balade, the Creuse valley
http://www.francebalade.com/valcreuse/index.html

Nice large page about going up the Creuse from Descartes to Argenton. (French Web site)

France Balade, the Cher
http://www.francebalade.com/valcher/index.html

Large page about the Cher valley, photos and descriptions of historical buildings and villages. (French Web site)

France Balade, the Loir Valley
http://www.francebalade.com/maine/valduloir.htm

Large page about the river Loir crossing the north of Touraine with many nice photos and descriptions of historical buildings and towns. (French Web site)

France Balade, Ussé
http://www.francebalade.com/valindre/usse.htm

A nice page about the château and the surrounding area. Several photos. (French Web site)

France Balade, Claise Valley
http://www.francebalade.com/touraine/valclaise.htm

Large page about the region between the Brenne and South Touraine, photos and descriptions of historical buildings and villages. (French Web site)

France Balade, Amboise
http://www.francebalade.com/loire/amboise.htm

Large page with historical and architectural details about Amboise. Lots of photos, highly compressed to load quickly. (French Web site)

France Balade, Langeais
http://www.francebalade.com/loire/langeais.htm

Large page with historical and architectural details about Langeais and the château. Lots of photos, highly compressed to load quickly. (French Web site)

France Balade, Chinon
http://www.francebalade.com/valvienne/chinon.htm

Large page with historical and architectural details about Chinon and its castle. Lots of photos. (French Web site)

France Balade, Richelieu
http://www.francebalade.com/valvienne/richelieu...

Large page with historical and architectural details about the remarkable town. Lots of photos. (French Web site)

France Balade, the Loire, Tours to Saumur
http://www.francebalade.com/loire/indx2.htm

Large page about the châteaux and the river, with photos and descriptions. (French Web site)

France Balade, the Loire, Orléans to Tours
http://www.francebalade.com/loire/loire2.htm

Large page mostly about the châteaux, with photos and descriptions. (French Web site)

France Balade, La Loire
http://www.francebalade.com/loire/index.html

1000 km of river in one large page, history and heritage. Lots of photos, highly compressed to load quickly. (French Web site)

France Balade, Indre valley from Berry to Chinon
http://www.francebalade.com/valindre/

Large page. A quick sketch of the Indre valley, photos and descriptions of historical buildings and villages. (French Web site)

France Balade, Château Renault
http://www.francebalade.com/touraine/chatrenau.htm

Large page with historical and architectural details about Château Renault. Lots of photos, highly compressed to load quickly. (French Web site)

France Balade, Touraine
http://www.francebalade.com/touraine/index.html

A page stuffed with information, photos and links to other France Balade pages. (French Web site)

France Balade, Montrichard
http://www.francebalade.com/valcher/montrichard...

Large page with historical and architectural details about Montrichard and nearby villages. Lots of photos, highly compressed to load quickly. (French Web site)

France Balade, the Indre - the Vallée du Lys
http://www.francebalade.com/valindre/vallelys.htm

Large page about the "Lily Valley" along the Indre, photos and descriptions of historical buildings and villages. (French Web site)

France Balade, the Indre from Loches to Montbazon
http://www.francebalade.com/valindre/valind2.htm

Large page about the Indre valley, photos and descriptions of historical buildings and villages. (French Web site)

France Balade, Sainte Maure
http://www.francebalade.com/valvienne/stemaure.htm

A page about the town and nearby villages, with historical and architectural details and several photos. (French Web site)

France Balade, Candes St Martin and Montsoreau
http://www.francebalade.com/anjou/candmontso.htm

A nice page about two villages on the Anjou frontier. (French Web site)

France Balade, Azay le Rideau
http://www.francebalade.com/valindre/azayrideau...

Large page about the château and the village. Lots of photos, highly compressed to load quickly. (French Web site)

France Balade, Loches region
http://www.francebalade.com/valindre/lochois.htm

Large page about the south and south west corner of Touraine, photos and descriptions of historical buildings and villages. (French Web site)

France Balade, the Cher below Tours
http://www.francebalade.com/valcher/savilland.htm

A page about the Cher valley below Tours, a few photos and some descriptions of places of interest. (French Web site)

France Balade, Bourgueil
http://www.francebalade.com/loire/bourgueil.htm

A page about Bourgueil and the surrounding area with a few photos. (French Web site)

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Photo albums

Lochorama
http://www.lochorama.com/

A few hundred aerial photos, panoramas and slide shows of Loches and South Touraine.

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Personal web sites

Along the river Vienne
http://www.pluct.fr/vienne1.htm

Loire boats
http://www.pluct.fr/vienne11.htm

A glimpse of the rivers and their traditional river boats. A small part of a very large site showing the plant life, the landscape, life and puddles in the countryside around Chinon. (French Web site)

AF OUAIBE, portrait of Amboise
http://aflaurent.com/index.php3?theme=4&sou...

An interesting and concise history with photos of historical buildings, highly compressed to load quickly. (French Web site)

AF OUAIBE, Noizay
http://aflaurent.com/index.php3?theme=4&sou...

Mini page about the village. (French Web site)

AF OUAIBE, Céré-la-Ronde
http://aflaurent.com/index.php3?theme=4&sou...

Mini page about the village. (French Web site)

AF OUAIBE, Auzouer-en-Touraine
http://aflaurent.com/index.php3?theme=4&sou...

Mini page about the village. (French Web site)

AF OUAIBE, Vernou
http://aflaurent.com/index.php3?theme=4&sou...

Small page about the town and the stately home, Jallanges. (French Web site)

AF OUAIBE, Bourgueil
http://aflaurent.com/index.php3?theme=4&sou...

Small page about Bourgueil, its heritage and its wine. (French Web site)

AF OUAIBE, Cinais
http://aflaurent.com/index.php3?theme=4&sou...

Mini page about the village. (French Web site)

AF OUAIBE, Reugny
http://aflaurent.com/index.php3?theme=4&sou...

Mini page about the village. (French Web site)

AF OUAIBE, Beaumont en Veron
http://aflaurent.com/index.php3?theme=4&sou...

Mini page about the village. (French Web site)

AF OUAIBE, Bléré
http://aflaurent.com/index.php3?theme=4&sou...

Mini page about the town. (French Web site)

Preuilly-sur-Claise school site
http://etab.ac-orleans-tours.fr/clg-gdefferre-p...

Site describing the community college and the town (French Web site)

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Official web sites

Parc naturel régional de Brenne
http://www.parc-naturel-brenne.fr/english/conte...

French version
http://www.parc-naturel-brenne.fr/

Mini English site about the 1000 lakes Brenne area. The French version is a well constructed official site with good photos (a bit small), useful information and downloadable guides.

Amboise tourist office site
http://www.amboise-valdeloire.com/index.php?id_...

Comprehensive tourist information.

Tourisme en Touraine
http://www.tourism-touraine.com/

Indre et Loire Comité Départemental du Tourisme site. Tourist information for the whole department (in the French version of the site). (French Web site)

La Guerche
http://pglaguerche.free.fr/index.htm

Community, tourist and business information. (French Web site)

France camping, Descartes
http://www.france-campings.com/descartes/index....

Small page describing the leisure facilities at Descartes. (French Web site)

Tours Tourist Office
http://www.ligeris.com/index_us.html

Compact but comprehensive tourist guide to Tours

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Information

Link Pages

ABC of castles on Internet
http://cecf.perso.libertysurf.fr/abc/dep/dep_37...

Short reviews of hundreds of sites about châteaux all over France. (French Web site)

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Community

Life in Montbazon by Jacky Templier
http://www.montbazon.info/

Independent site with a wide variety of information about the commune. A broadband connection is advisable. (French Web site)

Yzeure-sur-Creuse official site
http://yzeuressurcreuse.com/

Community information site. (French Web site)

Welcome to Saint-Branchs
http://perso.wanadoo.fr/saint-branchs/

Nice independent site about Saint-Branchs, with an up to date calendar of events. (French Web site)

Veigné official site
http://www.mairie-veigne.com

Community information site. (French Web site)

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Links index

Links by town or place

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