Summer in the Loire Valley
Every July, my children and I escape the heat and traffic of Northern Virginia and fly to France. Each year we cannot sleep on the plane, we’re just too excited. My father meets us at the airport. He drives us half awake, half asleep back to the Loire Valley where he and my mother have a 15th century manoir.
As soon as we pass the gate, we feel like we never left.
There is so much history here! We can still find fossils from back when the sea covered this part of France. A historian wrote that a Roman villa might have been on the property. It was a medieval castle with a church surrounded with moats. The castle was burnt down during The Hundred Years’ War between England and France. The property was sold to a couple of farming families who shared the buildings.
Over time, the buildings crumbled into ruins. The historian writes that it was then bought by a man who loved the place so much that he spent much of his money restoring it.
Gargoyles once watched over the towers, but he last of them came crashing down four years ago.
One of my favorite places in the manoir is the spiral staircase that goes up the original 15th century tower.
There’s nothing like summer in the Loire Valley!
Do you have a regular holiday destination? Do you have a favourite spot in The Loire Valley?