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The pretty town of Saumur on the banks of the Loire 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 Loire.

 What used to be the royal apartments now house two museums – ‘Musee des Arts Decoratifs’ and Musee du Cheval’. European china and tapestries and the second located in the attic, being dedicated to equestrian pursuits,


Around 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.


Saumur is also home to the Armoured Academy (which replaced the Calvary).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.

Within 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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