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coups de coeur

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Goupillières troglodyte valley – Azay-le-Rideau

Since the Middle Ages, up to the last century, country people in Touraine lived on the hillsides in troglodyte farms carved in the rock. Goupillières troglodyte valley invites you to discover a group of three farms dug out from the tufa with their bread oven, stables, well, and grain silo. Descend into the astonishing underground places of refuge used in the Middle Ages, carved out by peasants to protect themselves from bandits and the ravages of war.
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Garden of La Chatonnière – Azay-le-Rideau

Nestling in the hollow of a vale, the twelve gardens belonging to the Château of La Chatonnière form a delicate green setting that wafts in gentle fragrances around this elegant Renaissance château. Opening onto the valley of the Indre and the forest of Chinon, these gardens are a series of terraces following a given order, with different names to guide you: Gardens of Silence, the Senses, Intelligence, the Sciences, Romances, Fragrances.
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Balzac museum at the Château of Saché – Saché

Built in the Middle Ages and altered in Renaissance, the Château of Saché used to be Balzac’s favourite abode, far from the tumult of Parisian life. It is in this setting that the author of "Lys dans la Vallée" ("The Lily of the Valley") found his inspiration. He spent long periods of time here, without ever succeeding in buying the property. From decorations in perfect condition, to original manuscripts, here you will find the writer’s universe where some of the most beautiful pages of French literature were written.
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Village of Villaines-les-Rochers

Wickerwork has been at the heart of everyday life in the village of Villaines-les-Rochers for a very long time. Balzac knew and professed the importance of this activity in the region. Today, production here accounts for one third of France’s total wickerwork production. On site, you will be able to appreciate the dexterity of the wicker-workers as they weave the wicker. Visit the Wicker and wickerwork museum to discover all the secrets of this craft!
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Traditional-style poires tapées – Rivarennes

First made back in the Middle Ages, poires tapées (dried, compressed pears) are the result of a long meticulous technique consisting of drying and then flattening the pears with a mallet in order to keep them. In the 19th century, the commercialisation for this fruit had reached its peak, lasting until the decline in the 1930s. This traditional-style production has recently reappeared. Christine and Yves Hérin open their doors to you for a visit of their converted cellars, where they continue producing this fruit the traditional way.
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