Loire Valley, France (July 2005)

 

Ahhhhhhh, a nice scenic drive through the countryside.  Loire Valley is famous for

it's river and chateaus.  Although those things were nice, the highlight for us was

the sunflowers!   

 

 

Finally, after two months of searching, we found our field of flowers!

 

 

So many pictures to pick from, we couldn't decide!

 

 

A sight we wont soon forget!

 

 

   

Chartres Cathedral - begun in 1145, burned in 1194 (except west front) and

rebuilt from 1205-1220.

 

 

This is said to be the original veil worn by the Virgin Mary at the time of Jesus' birth.

The cathedral was built to house this relic and millions have made pilgrimages to see it.

 

 

Some of the impressive and very old stained-glass windows inside Chartres Cathedral.

 

 

Langeais Castle - a medieval fortress built in the 1400s.

 

 

A look at the inside of this very-well preserved castle.

 

 

   

How cool... a real drawbridge!

 

 

Our favorite castle of all... where we spent a total of 35 nights.  

 

 

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All pictures  Destin Bradwell 2005