A Journey Through France
Loire Valley Magic
Loire Valley, known as the Val de Loire, is a picturesque destination and UNESCO World Heritage site located within central France. It is recognized as the third largest wine region in this country. Architecturally, it may be best known for its medieval, century old castles and historic towns that layer the countryside along with enchanting gardens and parks interspersed throughout the region. The Loire is the largest river in France stretching 634 miles and flows east to west. Its winding path begins in the upper, mountainous Massif Central sector of France sweeping its way through the towns of Nevers and Orleans, past Tours before reaching Nantes and emptying into the Atlantic Ocean. Along its banks are fortresses that date back to the 15-17th century with woodlands and vineyards overshadowing its banks and pushing inward.