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Castle of Saumur
Castle of Saumur
Castle of Saumur
Castle of Saumur
Castle of Saumur
Castle of Saumur
Castle of Saumur
Castle of Saumur
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Turquant, the arts and crafts village

A small place of great character, firmly set on the Loire, Turquant is situated between Saumur and Montsoreau. This charming village is distinguished by its pommes tapées (dried, compressed apples), one of Turquant’s discoveries, the tasting of which is a must - and even more so in the hillside troglodytes which have been remarkably well preserved. To ensure the protection and enhancement of this exceptional heritage, a unique project for the creation of an arts and crafts village has seen the light. Leaf gilders, jewellery creators, and leather craftsmen display all of their know-how based on the art of fire and stone. Also be sure to visit the Arts and Crafts Centre - a place where significant value is placed on local know-how.
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Château of Lude

At the meeting point of Anjou, Maine and Touraine, Lude is among the great châteaux of the Loire. The original fortress was built on the banks of the Loire from the 10th to the 15th century. At the end of the 15th century, it was transformed into an elegant country mansion, and the embellishment of the site continued. During this time period, the château hosted a number of illustrious guests: Henri IV, Louis XIII... having been in the same family for 250 years, Lude is a lively, inhabited château. The wealth and diversity of the different styles characterising this château are also to be found in its interior decorations and furnishing. Today’s owners have continued the tradition of restoration work and embellishment, in particular by creating new gardens. At the end of the 19th century, the landscape architect Edouard André had already made plans for a French-style garden along the Loire, as well as a vast kitchen garden. A more recent creation is the "Eperon garden" with a very regular pattern. It contains namely a rose garden devoted to Chinese roses, tea, and tea hybrids. 2008 saw the opening of a botanical tour for visitors.
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The mushroom farm of Saut au Loup

Between Saumur and Chinon, Saut au Loup is a hillside site overlooking the Loire. From the Middle Ages to the late 19th century, a tufa-extraction mine was in full production for the building of churches and châteaux of the region. Kilometres of galleries were thus dug out, forming at the same time a number of troglodyte dwellings which today are used for the restaurant. Then at the end of the 19th century, as tufa extraction came to a halt, the vast dug out galleries were turned into mushroom farms, reputed in particular for the growing of the ‘Paris’ and ‘galipette’ mushrooms (served as specialities in the restaurant)… Mushrooms to taste on site, stuffed, or to buy (fresh or ready prepared).
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