Category Archives: Saumur

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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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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Sketches of the chateaux, churches and street scenes along the Loire, c1910


The images below, mostly vignettes based on paintings done during research for the book, come from the book The Castles and Chateaux of Old Touraine and the Loire Valley. This guide to the region is Francis Miltoun and was published … Continue reading

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Old aerial images of the Touraine and the Loire Valley


M. Didier Lecoq has assembled a fantastic collection of stories and images of aeroplanes of the Touraine on his site: Aéroplane de Touraine: L’histoire de l’aviation en Indre-et-Loire des origines à nos jours. His site includes old aerial photos of … Continue reading

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