Chateaux of France's Loire Valley
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Loire Valley, France

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Chambord, Loire Valley

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Books about the Loire Valley

Castles of the Loire Castles of the Loire : Places and History (Places and History Series)
Milena Ercole Pozzoli, Valeria Manferto De Fabianis (Editor) / Hardcover / Published 1997
This splendidly photographed volume is one of a series of Places and History books that examine the history, culture, and natural beauty of inspiring destinations, from California to Ireland to Tuscany. This book celebrates the majestic castles along the banks of the magnificent Loire River in France, which was for centuries intrinsically linked to the history of that country. It is perfect for armchair travelers as well as those interested in the medieval architecture of castles, with their extravagant towers, elaborate grounds, richly decorated interiors, and especially the immortal legends and stories that surround them. Included are Chambord Castle, the mansion of George Sand, and Chinon Castle, where in 1429 Joan of Arc set out on her momentous crusade to liberate her country from the English.
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Chateaux of the Loire Chateaux of the Loire ~ Mosler. Axel M., et al / Hardcover / Published 1997
A lavishly photographed presentation of the architecture, interiors, and gardens of the Loire chateaux of France. History was made in these chateaux from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment and the Revolution. Included also are previously unpublished photos illustrating life in the chateaux during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Color throughout.
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Loire Wine Country Loire (Touring Wine Country) ~ Hugh Johnson (Editor), Hubrecht Duijker / Paperback / Published 1997

Loire Gastronomique ~ Hilaire Walden / Hardcover / Published 1993

A Wine and Food Guide to the Loire A Wine and Food Guide to the Loire ~ Jacqueline Friedrich / Paperback / Published 1998
Creating a fine wine is not so unlike creating a fine guide to wine. They both take craft and inspiration, patience and a passion for quality. Jacqueline Friedrich possesses those attributes in spades, and with them, she's put together the definitive guide to the Loire, its wines and cuisine, filling a niche that's been empty a long time. As one would savor a fine wine, Friedrich takes her time, dwelling here on the local foods of Anjou, there on the Muscadets of Sèvre-et-Maine. Her encyclopedic guide takes on the 60 or so appellations in the five wine regions of the Loire, describing the history, soil, and vintners of each, and rating more than 600 wineries. With sections on local cheeses, sausages, and fish dishes, Friedrich's scholarly approach and delightful prose makes this an inspiring read and a necessary guide
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A Wine and Food Guide to the Loire ~ Jacqueline Friedrich / Hardcover / Published 1996
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Wines of the Loire ~ Roger Voss, Julian Jeffs (Editor) / Paperback / Published 1995

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