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Road Trip Through the Loire Valley

Thinking about a visit to the Loire Valley? Join me as I recall my adventure into France’s heartland- a Loire Valley tour. With my “partner in crime” Nancy McGee from Absolutely South France, our challenge was to visit as many chateaus and vineyards as possible in three days in the Loire Valley, plus two travel days.

Day One: Sete to Amboise, via Millau Viaduct and Clermont Ferrand 

Starting from Sete, we drove non-stop to Clermont Ferrand, crossing the Millau Viaduct. Frankly, I had no idea I would see the infamous bridge on this journey to the Loire Valley. What a treat! The tallest bridge in the world, the Millau Viaduct’s tallest mast reaches 1,124.3 (343 meters) above the base. Designed by architect Sir Norman Foster and French structural engineer Michel Virlogeux, it was completed in three years.

 

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Millau Viaduct

Loire Valley Route

Clemont Ferrand

The home of Michelin Tires, Clermont Ferrand, shows its rich heritage with impressive buildings and magnificent St. Pierre Cathedral. Known for being a city surrounded by volcanoes, the Chaîne des Puys, Clermont Ferrand is also famous for its International Short Film Festival. 

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r Clermont Ferrand

 

Loire Valley Route
Clermont Ferrand

 

Loire Valley Route

Cityscapes

If only we’d had more time to see the city! Especially the Cathedral. Here are some picture-perfect scenes that make Clermont Ferrand “oh, so French.”

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Loire Valley Route

 

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Apparently, the town’s favorite boulangerie

Loire Valley Route

Loire Valley Route

Loire Valley Route

Loire Valley tour
Loire Valley Route

Loire Valley Route

One exceptional stop in Clermont Ferrand was the Artisan Fromagerie Nivesse.  Nancy visited there with a tour group, and she raved about the selection and quality of the cheeses. She was so right! In fact, since tasting their 36-month-old cheeses, I’m hooked!

Loire Valley Route

Loire Valley Route

 

Loire Valley Route
Loire Valley Route
Loire Valley Route

 

Loire Valley Route
Look at the aged goat cheese! Yes, the dark brown logs of cheese

 

 

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