Thursday, October 15, 2015

A Few Days in Loches in the Castle Strewn Loire Valley

Notable for its historic towns, architecture and wines, the valley has been inhabited since the Middle Palaeolithic period. With hundreds of castles the central part of the Loire River valley, the valley has been added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

We prefer to stay in apartments or Gites as much as possible, in Loches we stayed with Silvia. The town is one of the most picturesque in central France.

Enter the garden through a nondescript gate to see the garden and the dovecote. A dovecote is a structure intended to house pigeons or doves. Dovecotes may be free-standing structures in a variety of shapes, or built into the end of a house or barn. They generally contain pigeonholes for the birds to nest. Pigeons and doves were an important food source historically in Western Europe and were kept for their eggs, flesh, and dung. (I looked it up).

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