The Good Life France Magazine

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Issue No. 14

From Paris to the Loire Valley, and everywhere in between, how to live like a millionaire in Nice on a budget, French island hopping, a fairy tale chateau and Monet's Garden in Giverny. Everything you want to know about France and more.

Saumur is home to one of

Saumur is home to one of the most important military schools in France – it’s huge and takes up 20% of the entire town’s footprint. There’s also an important equestrian school which puts on a famous annual event. A beautiful chapel in the town (now a school) was once a pilgrimage site of major importance and spawned a rosary making industry in Saumur, in fact they still make them here. guys this is the place to go if you fancy a long, cool beer. They play good music and have a great choice of beer on tap. This modern bar is loved by locals not just for the brew but the great saucisson and cheeses they offer.. Local specialities include mushrooms and fouées a sort of bread: eat it like the locals filled with cheese, "snail butter", Nutella or jam - Loire valley style street food. Where to eat in Saumur: Locals love: Bistrot de la Place, there’s a good choice of dishes and if you go for a beer or glass of wine they serve great nibbles! It's very traditional, on a sunny day the tables spill out onto the pedestrianized Place St Pierre. Opposite is Les Tontons (which means “the uncles”) with a welcoming landlord who's regarded as a local "character". There's a fun and friendly atmosphere and traditional cuisine. This place is a favourite with the locals. Insider secret: On a little island in the River Loire is the Pub House. Run by two young

Must sees in the area Drive through the Saumur vineyards - the route to Tours is very picturesque Wine tasting - (see over) Smell the roses at Chedigny AKA the village of roses (see caption left) Visit the Musee des Blindes with its collection of tanks/armoured vehicles Be wowed by Fontevraud abbey (see over) Pictures: Top left, Place St Pierre, Saumur; top right: Blois at sunset; bottom the village of roses Chedigny where an annual rose festival takes places at the end of May. Then the sleepy town springs to life as the streets fill with admiring crowds who can't resist buying a rose bush to take home as a souvenir of this lovely place. Visit the gorgeous fairy tale Chateau du rivau – see page 22 Discover the famous Mushroom cellars (see over) Take a boat ride on the Loire, chill and float on a traditional wooden boat with an aperitif and watch the sun set over Blois, book at: Stay in a hobbit house, amazing tree house or gypsy caravan! (see over) Be inspired by the gorgeous gardens of the Domaine Chaumont-sur-Loire (see over) Ride a donkey! At Les Annes de Ballade, learn to brush the donkeys and get to know them and the walk them through beautiful countryside and forests, if you're under 40 kg you can ride them. Book at: Be thrilled by the Son et Lumieres show at the royal castle of Blois Visit Angers, a beautiful historic town with many sites and where Cointreau is made!

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