THE RICH FRENCH LIFE
The chateaus of the Loire have become synonymous with the Loire Valley from the time this region was embraced by French Royalty as a safe haven away from the political back-stabbing of Paris and then as a rich cultural playground. What they and their noble followers created is here for us all to see today, preserved in a way perhaps only the French can, even to the extent of rebuilding, as at the fortress at Chinon, Chambord Castle, Chenonceau, Blois, Richelieu, Aizay Le Rideau, Langeais, ...
Click HERE to get more information on the castles, opening hours, ...
VISIT LOCAL MARKETS
Markets are part of everyday life within Centre/Val de Loire ( Loire Valley) with almost every town and village having their local marchés.
A visit here is not complete without a wander around the stalls sampling and taking in the atmosphere of French life. It is here you will come to understand part of the French psyche - for as you wait to be served you might get a little frustrated with the apparently idle chatter between the customer and stall holder - but if you stop for a moment you will realise that you can spare the time and they have got it right! Richelieu and the surrounding villages are well known for their nice brocante & antiques, so they are the perfect spot to buy good priced and nice things to remember your holidays by.
October & november are ideal to stroll along the 'marche de puces' and brocante markets. (The cities of Saumur & Richelieu are reknown for their brocante & antiques)
Find the market days HERE - our postal code is 37800 - we highly recommend Richelieu, Saumur, Chinon & Tours)
THE LOIRE VALLEY
Well known for it's vast vineyards, the Loire Valley & Chinon area offers visitors a wide range of wonderful wines and bubbles.
Many of these vineyards are only a short drive away, and are all very happy to welcome you for a wine tasting experience.
The Touraine area is also known for it's fine goats cheese.
A car is perfect to visit the region, but a bike is as good, there are biking-routes available which will lead you true vineyards, gardens, along the Loire and the Vienne. So much to explore. The Epicurists among you will love this region, as well in summer, spring, autumn and winter.
This region is called TOURAINE
THINGS TO DO
Every year we create a directory which we leave in each house, this to inform you correctly and make you enjoy the region.
You will find some links which may be of use in planning your day trips and visits to restaurants, wineries, in- & outdoor activities ...
Active people : Cycling tours - What to to? - Canoe at Marcilly sur vienne - Horseriding @ Pouzay (1.5km from the Bouctonnières)
Foodlovers : L'Amuse Saveurs - la Ciboulette - L'auberge de l'île - and many more in the directory
Winelovers : Domaine de La Noblaie - Domaine de Noiré - Loire Wines
Shoppers : Tours - Ma Madeleine shopping centre near Tours - Chinon - Loches - Montrésor - Click here for an overall site on shopping opportunities
Medical emergencies : 112
Fire department : 112
Local Police : 112
Nearest hospital : Sainte Maure de Touraine, Chinon
Local doctor : Ile Bouchard (Dr. Vincent Magdalena)
Pharamacy : Nouâtre and Intermarché Sainte Maure (Pharmacie de La Manse)
Local website Marcilly Sur Vienne : MarcillySurVienne
Backery : Nouâtre (Morin Christophe & Estelle - 34 Place du 11 novembre -37800 Nouâtre - Closed on Wednesday near the church)
and Sainte Maure de Touraine (Closed on Wednesday)
Groceries small : Chez Claire (Nouâtre) near the church - in front of the bakery
21 Rue de la Liberté, 37800 Nouâtre,
Sunday : 08:30–12:30
monday : 09:00–12:30, 15:30–19:00
thuesday : 08:30–12:30, 15:30–19:00
wednesday : Closed
thursday : 08:30–12:30, 15:30–19:00
friday : 08:30–12:30, 15:30–19:00
saturday 08:30–12:30, 15:30–19:00
Supermarket : Intermarché and Aldi in Sainte Maure and SuperU in Ile Bouchard