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Along the Loire France, 5 trips

Chinon
Chinon is a medieval town in the southwest of the department of Indre – et – Loire . The entire old center of the village is still  in medieval style with a cap of Chinon Castle . Chinon belonged from the 12th to 16th century to the French royal domains. During this period, even Jeanne D’arc visited the village . In memory of this , there are numerous plaques in the city center and the castle of Chinon . There is a weekly market held here on Thursday, there will be mainly sold here and great fruit.

Wine
The region is known for its wines. It is mainly white wines produced here but also to a lesser extent, red , white and sparkling wines . In the area are a total of six Appellations find but the AOC Touraine is the greatest . Unlike most areas , the AOC Chinon mainly is known for its red wines. The white wine here is mainly made of Chenin Blanc with a little more acidity.

Loches
Loches is a village in the south of the Indre. The center of this medieval village is almost still to be admired in its former glory in its entirety. The Castle of Loches and the old city gate Porte Royale are among the most special places in the village .

Tours
Tours is the largest city of the Indre – et – Loire , and thus has a major regional function . In the City are countless beautiful buildings including the Cathedral Saint – Gatien and the Abbey Church of St. Julien . Besides the ordinary shopping Tours is known for its many markets . There over 30 held throughout the cityduring the week. These markets range from the basic fruit and vegetable market to antiques and flea markets .

Goat Cheese
To be precise , the Sainte- Maure de Touraine AOC . This goat is unique to this region and has for some years the AOC label . The green- blue mold rind and stick it in the cheese are the most prominent appearance of the cheese . The cheese is made ​​from raw goat’s milk and then sprinkled with burnt ashes . It tastes best with dark walnut bread and a glass of red wine from the region . There are of course several goat cheeses produced in the region, but this is the most striking .

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