Category Archives: Loire River and Loire Basin

The importance of France’s longest river to the sustainability of human activity in the Touraine.

Flooding in the Loire


Further to the problems of flooding in Central France over the past few weeks. My previous blogs on flooding in the Loire Basin have had an unusual number of daily hits! If you’ve been effected then you might want to … Continue reading

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Wine-making in the Touraine during World War II: a story of Resistance and Resilliance


Over the past 4-5 weeks I’ve been talking with Florence Rowland a researcher for the London-based TV/Film company, Jura Productions. Jura make programmes about wine and were interested in finding out more about wine-making in the Loire Valley during the … Continue reading

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1590 map of France & the Loire Valley


1590 map of France along with an extract showing the Touraine/Loire Valley Region. To see enlarged versions just right-click on either image and chose to ‘open link in new window’ or ‘open link in a new tab’. From the French … Continue reading

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Beautiful images of the Touraine ~ from Dawn Lincoln


Hi all There are some marvelous images of the Touraine Region on the blog of photographer, Dawn Lincoln. Do visit; Jardins de Villandry, Rocamadour/Tours/Toulouse and Touraine en Automne I know that Dawn’s a visitor to my blog, so, a big … Continue reading

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Loire Valley memorial to the abolition of slavery ~ inauguration on 25th March, 2012


Please click here to see full details of the inauguration of this important memorial commemorating the abolition of the slave trade in France at the mouth of the Loire River at the city of Nantes. Nantes was by far the … Continue reading

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The Vendée War of 1773-1799 ~ the Loire valley during the French Revolution


Following the French Revolution of 1789 one part of the Loire population became pitted against another. Basically, while the inhabitants of towns quickly saw the benefits accruing from the Revolution, rural peasants were inclined to oppose change (1). This led … Continue reading

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Scenes of the Loire c1906 ~ and a little detective work by yours truly


Project Gutenberg is the source of the book “Castles and Chateaux of Old Touraine” written by Francis Miltoun and illustrated by Blanche McManus, published  in 1906 – it is  downloadable here. Now, just as I was writing the above, I … Continue reading

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