Azay-le-Rideau in the Loire Valley
We like Azay-le-Rideau a lot
and wonder why it hasn't been included in the list of 'most
beautiful villages in France'. Its charming streets and
wonderful 'floating' chateau are excellent credentials. Add
to this a
fine church and plenty of restaurants and gift shops and
you have the makings of a good day out.
We have eaten
in four of the
restaurants in the centre of town and where they all offered
something different the consistent thing was good food and
value for money.
The main tourist 'draw' is
of course its sumptuous
castle and gardens, with the chateau appearing to float
on the waters of the river Indre. While the inside of the
chateau is interesting, there is currently an exhibition on
all things 'castle' in the attic which the kids will enjoy,
it is the views of the outside that are synonymous with the
chateaux of the Loire Valley
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