Pays de la Loire

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Ile Chauvet Abbey in Bois de Céné – Vendée

The ruined Ile Chauvet Abbey was founded in 1130 by Benedictine monks who developed and exploited the surrounding salt marshes throughout the Middle Ages

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Marais Breton-Vendeen and Baie de Bourgneuf

Marais Breton-Vendeen, a natural wetland situated off the Atlantic coast, was Europe’s largest salt producer during the Middle-Ages

Old species of donkeys in the Ecomuseum Marais Vendeen

Ecomuseum Marais Vendeen, Le Daviaud – La Barre-de-Monts

Ecomuseum Marais Vendeen – Le Daviaud, a vast natural zone turned into an open-air museum to showcase the marsh of Vendee’s natural and historical heritage

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Castle of the Dukes of Brittany – Nantes – Pays de la Loire

The castle of the Dukes of Brittany is situated in Nantes, the capital of the historic Duchy of Brittany which was attached to the Kingdom of France in 1532

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Saint-Jean-de-Monts seaside resort in Vendée

Saint-Jean-de-Monts, a seaside resort on the Côte de Lumière in Vendée, renowned for its 8km long sandy beach and extensive cycle tracks

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Loire Valley, the Royal Valley

The Loire Valley is also known as the Royal Valley because of the many chateaux the kings of the French Renaissance and their vassals built along the river

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Angers Castle – Dukes Anjou Loire Valley

History of Angers Castle in the Loire Valley, the chateau of the Counts and Dukes of Anjou the descendants of Fulk Nerra and Louis IX’s brother Charles I

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Cycling along the Loire River

The best cycling routes along the Loire River, a series of trails that follow the river from its spring in Auvergne downwards to its mouth in the Atlantic

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Traveling to the Loire Valley from the UK

Traveling to the Loire Valley from the UK by air, sea and land is easy as the region is served by 3 airports, ferry links and railway and road networks

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Loire Valley architectural styles

A brief overview of the Loire Valley various architectural styles from Romanesque to Gothic, Flamboyant, Angevin Gothic to French Renaissance and Classical

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Apocalypse Tapestry – Angers – Jean Lurcat

Apocalypse Tapestry in Angers, the largest and oldest tapestry made in Paris rediscovered by Jean Lurcat the artist who revived the art of weaving in France

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Saumur city Loire Valley – Cavalry School

The medieval city of Saumur in the Loire Valley, home to the Cavalry – National Riding School and the prestigious Cadre Noir since the late 18th century

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Ile chauvet Abbey - Romanesque sculptures

Ile Chauvet Abbey in Bois de Céné – Vendée

The ruined Ile Chauvet Abbey was founded in 1130 by Benedictine monks who developed and exploited the surrounding salt marshes throughout the Middle Ages
Marais Breton-Vendeen

Marais Breton-Vendeen and Baie de Bourgneuf

Marais Breton-Vendeen, a natural wetland situated off the Atlantic coast, was Europe’s largest salt producer during the Middle-Ages
Old species of donkeys in the Ecomuseum Marais Vendeen

Ecomuseum Marais Vendeen, Le Daviaud – La Barre-de-Monts

Ecomuseum Marais Vendeen - Le Daviaud, a vast natural zone turned into an open-air museum to showcase the marsh of Vendee's natural and historical heritage

Castle of the Dukes of Brittany – Nantes – Pays de la Loire

The castle of the Dukes of Brittany is situated in Nantes, the capital of the historic Duchy of Brittany which was attached to the Kingdom of France in 1532

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