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Travel Guide to Centre Province in France

Centre is a remarkable region dominated by the legendary Loire Valley, but it is very easy to get to, especially from Paris via the autoroutes and also the TGV (high-speed train), which makes the Paris to Tours run in only 55 minutes.

From the early spring right through to late autumn, natural splendours are all around in the Loire Valley can be seen, along with the history of the Loire Valley which is defined by its architecture, and for centuries the halls, gardens and turrets of the grand chateaux have been the setting for romance, politics, and intrigue and now tourism.

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Among the best-known chateaux are Chambord, Villandry, Blois and Chenonceau, but marvel and exhilaration will still await you in many of the little known castles and chateaux you come across along the way.

And yet, something most people don't think of, is the other architectural marvels Centre has on offer - it is also home to two of France's great cathedrals, at Bourges and Chartres.  Plus, Chatres has some of the best examples of stained glass in France, designed by the master-craftsmen who later constructed the magnificent windows of King Louis IX's Sainte-Chapelle in Paris.

The Loire Valley also produces fine wines and some traditional French cheeses from the region. 

The many chateaux dotted along the river are a reminder that the Loire has always attracted the great and the powerful, whilst picturesque villages and towns rich in art and history are also abundant in this famous region.

The Loire river is also known as the last untamed river in Europe with many features as it can sometimes be wild and yet others calm yet it is often unpredictable, but stretches are there for that gentle meander down the river and if you like the idea of scenery with wildlife, then this has got to be one of the most perfect place to visit.

In this region you can step back in time.  How about looking back at the first settlements here, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the 19th Century or even everyday life, right through to royal splendour.  The choice is yours, but it is all here in the Centre and the Loire Valley for all to come and visit.




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