Category Archives: Amboise

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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C17th and C18th plans and maps of Amboise in the Loire Valley, Touraine


Just right-click on any image to see enlargement. Source http://gallica.bnf.fr/

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Château of Amboise in the Loire Valley ~ C18th and C19th images


Further to my recent blog on C18th & C19th images of Amboise by Bergeron and other artists, below are further images of the Château of Amboise in the Loire Valley of the Touraine. They are by a number of different … Continue reading

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Amboise – C18th & C19th images by Bergeron and others


Here are a number of glorious images of the Château and other views in Amboise on the River Loire. The majority are by an artist named Bergeron and are in pencil with brown ink wash. Once again thanks to the … Continue reading

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Jim McNeill’s Touraine honeymoon – 1888


Now, here’s a thing you may not have known. James McNeill Whistler (the American artist of “Whistler’s Grandmother” fame) came to the Touraine when on honeymoon with his English wife, the recently widowed Beatrix (née Birnie Philip) in the summer … Continue reading

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More Touraine photographs from the library of the Neurdein brothers c.1880


Further to my recent post of photographs of Chateaux of the Loire Valley below are further images by the Neurdein Brothers of Paris. The images can be found on the website of the Bibliothèque nationale de France – where you … Continue reading

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Train excursion to the Touraine ~ poster by Gustave Fraipont, 1893


This beautiful poster was published by Fraipont et Moreau, 95 rue de Vaugirard, Paris in 1893. Its original size was 139 x 100cm. The illustration and design was the work of Gustave Fraipont (1849-1923) and is one of numerous designs … Continue reading

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