The pretty town of
on the banks of the
river, although slightly further
away is well worth a visit.
Whatever way you choose to enter
the town it is the graceful chateau you will appreciate
first because of its dominant position overlooking the
What used to be the royal apartments now house two museums – ‘Musee
des Arts Decoratifs’ and
Cheval’. European china and tapestries and the second located in the attic, being
dedicated to equestrian pursuits,
place St-Pierre there are a number of restored older
town houses and a choice of restaurants with menus
to suit most pockets.
Saumur was home to the
French Calvary Academy, and is now home to the Cadre Noir
horsemen, based at the French National Riding School. The
annual Carousel (an equestrian show that takes place in
July) draws thousands of visitors.
home to the
(which replaced the
town has a unique tank museum- Musee
des Blindes- with the largest
display in the world.
It is a good way to spend a few hours should it rain
(rare)...or indeed anytime.
the Anjou region 28 different wine labels happily live
together with two grape varieties
dominating the scene: Chenin for white wines like Saumur,
Saumur-Champigny as well as
rosés: Cabernet d'Anjou, Rosé de
Loire and Rosé d'Anjou. The
Saumur wines never fail to please with their sparkling
variety being just what you need, well chilled, on a hot
summer’s day to get that light feeling that allows you to
slip into ‘French mode’ easily.
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