Descartes in the Loire Valley
10 minutes from Le Grand Pressigny is set
on the river Creuse, the town was home to the famous
philosopher René Descartes and there is museum dedicated
to him in the house where he lived.
Many of our
guests visit the busy Sunday morning market, where
you can buy fresh vegetables and the famous goats cheese, Sainte Maure de Touraine
as well as others.
There are a couple of well-stocked supermarkets on the
that make an ideal stop-off, if travelling down
from Tours, to pick up some shopping to get your holiday off to a start.
Descartes offers a heated outdoor swimming pool
complex with slides (open July and August, no outdoor shorts
allowed); baby pool, 25 metre pool and large sunbathing
area, cafeteria, children's play park, crazy golf,
fishing, tennis, canoeing on the river Creuse. You can hire canoes which can be
taken up-river to Barrou to allow you to return
downstream at your leisure.
There is a
lovely walk through the riverside gardens which also
has a small animal park. If you go to the market you
should make a point of visiting them.
The town has a link with the World
War II in that the river Creuse was the line separating occupied and
free France and its bridge was destroyed during the
explore the troglodyte dwellings at nearby St Rémy-sur-Creuse. Ethni'Cité, as it is
referred to gives you a glimpse - just a glimpse - of
what cave living and working was like. The
exhibits are presented in this unique setting carved
into the rock-face.In the Middle Ages these caves were the refuge of
lepers. Weavers later used the caves as workshops,
benefiting from the presence of underground streams.
There was also, allegedly, a fortress on the top of the
outcrop built by Richard the Lionheart. A small tower
buried under heavy vegetation is all that now remains.
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