The most beautiful Loire Valley Castles were built during the Renaissance.
Visiting the Loire Valley Castles is an adventure in history. King Francois Premier helped bring the Renaissance to France. When he returned after a Crusade to the Holy land, he crossed through Italy. Italy was already in Renaissance. The King brought back with him from Italy many of these Artisans. The most famous of these was none other than Leonardo DaVinci. He lived in Amboise – and he probably designed the most impressive Castle of them all: Chateau de Chambord.
Some other fantastic castles in the Loire Valley include: the Chateau de Villandry, and Chenonceau. Chenonceau spans a bridge over the Cher River. You might have seen photos of the Chateau d’Usse – that’s because its the inspiration for sleeping beauty. My favorite castle, however, is Chaumont-sur-Loire. I could live in this castle! There’s also the Chateau de’Usse.
For something really special I recommend visiting the Chateau de Breze. This castle is built on top of prehistoric caves, and sits on a hilltop surrounded by vines. You can taste the special wine they make there!
As an American living here since 1992; I love helping tourists enjoy the very best of France!”
I appreciate and respect what English-speaking tourists are looking for in France. And I can share this with you! With me as your private driver-guide you can relax. Enjoy easy and clear communication, this will help you to feel comfortable in France. I’ll happily be your personal interpreter and translator when needed.
With over 30 years’ experience driving in France, I provide safe transport and historical commentary. with personal anecdotes about life in France as an American expatriate My objective is to help you to maximize your time spent here in France. – so that you return home filled with spectacular memories of a marvelous adventure.
For information on Private sightseeing tours through the Loire Valley, please Contact me with any questions you may have.