France – Saumur

Well, what can I say? This is without a doubt the reason that France is practically my second home. 

We stayed in a gorgeous house, with fabulous views all over the River Loire, where over the next couple of days, we cycled and walked along it as well as kayaking downstream. I will try and find a link to the house, I really do recommend it. 

I visited this stunning town about two years ago now, so obviously I can’t remember all of the facts that made this trip memorable, but I can remember this: my true disappointment and sadness when I had to leave this little gem of France.

The people here are undoubtedly some of the friendliest type you could ever wish to meet, at every café, restaurant, shop or even on small excursions, or just generally wandering and exploring Saumur, they constantly treat you as if you weren’t a tourist but a local, living there with them in France. The genuine smile I saw so many times a day really lifted and brightened my day, thus improving the holiday overall.

We also visited the wonderful Chateau of Chenonceau, a highlight of the trip, which is situated in Chenonceaux, only 1 hour or so away from Saumur.

It’s bright gardens, river flowing practically beneath the Chateau, and maze will make it a trip for the whole family. 

We also visited the Saumur Chateau on another day, which again was pretty spectacular, compared to British castles. If you visit France, make sure to visit at least one castle; I will do a later post on the best French Chateau’s to visit. 

The Saumur Chateau is not featured in the photo below, but the photo is instead of the Notre-Dame des Ardillieres, a chapel.

On another day, we enjoyed watching Le Cadre Noir, an equestrian display team, and the French Military Academy École Nationale d’Équitation  (where the display is held) is considered to be one of the most prestigious in the World. 

I apologise, I have no photos of this display, due to my attempt to upload photos, but them just not seeming to upload, but here is a link to Le Cadre Noir’s webpage, I advise you to check it out.

Anyway, that is all for now, I think, any questions or comments, please feel free to ask or perhaps to even share this blog post, it’s up to you.

Have you been to this glorious part of France, or are you planning to come to Saumur or the Loire Region? Comment below,

Thanks again and goodbye,

-Navigatio Travel


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