The Loire valley castles

www.37-online.net/gb/castles/castles.html

If you are interested in Loire castles, then this website is one that can fill you in on much of the history surrounding these majestic buildings.  The top of the page talks about the Loire castles, and fills you in on some of the history behind them, but if you scroll down the page the individual castles are indexed according to their names. This can be very beneficial to anyone who is conducting research on the Loire Valley region, and the castles that can be found there.

For example, if you were interested in finding out more about the Loire castle, Amboise, then you could click on that short description in the index and it would take you to a separate page that covers everything from the history of the castle to its inhabitants.  At the bottom of the page there is also a section that offers information on the actual physical address of the castle, as well as visiting times and rates for admittance.  So, not only is it helpful for those who are looking at the Loire castles from a research point of view, but it could also be helpful to anyone who is trying to plan a vacation around these buildings in the French countryside.  Plus, if you wanted to find out even more about the specific castle, there are links on the bottom left hand side of the expanded description to other sites that can help you as well.



The site is not fully translated from French.  Most of the descriptions and histories of the Loire castles have been translated, but some of them have not.  This could cause confusion if you do not read French, but the website says that it is working to make sure that all of the content is eventually translated, so you may want to check back at a later date if the information that you are looking for has not yet been translated.

On the right hand side of the site is a navigation bar that easily allows you to go from one Loire castle’s information to the next.  It also includes links to information concerning accommodations in the area, as well as entertainment options.

Loire Castle Photo Gallery by Saskia

www.pbase.com/saskia/castles

This page is a photo gallery that is dedicated to Loire castles.  If you are interested in the Loire Valley region in France, then this site may pique your curiosity.  From here you are able to see a wide variety of images that are associated with Loire castles.  This includes not only pictures of the castles themselves, but also interior pictures of the suites, and even the dogs that are housed at the castle.  The page is full of small, thumbnail pictures, so if you want to see the larger version, then all you have to do is click on the thumbnail and it will take you to a separate page where the picture is enhanced.

Since the photographs cover a wide variety of images from Loire castles, it really puts you right in the middle of the region and makes you feel as if you are right there looking through the castle yourself.  Although there is not any text with the pictures, you can leave comments.  There are comment boxes at the bottom of the main thumbnail page, as well as at the bottom of each photograph individually.  This way if you have something that you want to say to the person who runs the page, you can easily do that.



While these photos do not cover every aspect of the Loire castles, they cover enough that you can easily imagine what it would be like to go through the actual castle.  The photographs are also very well done, and look like they were taken by someone with some type of professional training.

Even though it offers an intimate and up close look at many of the Loire castles, there is not any explanation or story behind the photographs.  It is just a photo gallery, so if you are looking for information, this is not the site for you.  However, at the top of the page there are links to other photographs for Loire churches and the countryside.  If you are planning on taking a vacation to Loire, then looking through these photographs could definitely help you to get a good idea about where you will be going.

A Bicycle Ride Along the Loire River: Castle of Love and Fairytale

www.cyclomundo.com/p_anjou_blois_angers.htm

If you are interested in Loire bike tours, then this site could be of interest because it details a seven night eight day bike tour through the Loire River Valley.  On the main page there is a detailed description of what you will be doing on a day by day basis.  This can be very helpful as you might want to make sure that the tour follows your own personal vacation preferences, and you can see if the tour offered will be something that you will be able to do without a problem.

For instance, if you want to find out point by point information about when the tour is offered, where exactly the tour takes place and how much it costs there is a small orange information box at the top of the screen that breaks down all of the information for you.  It even says that the biking is something that can be done by novice bikers and experienced bikers alike as the ride takes you through relatively easy terrain and is not more than thirty miles a day.



Something else that is also mentioned on the site is the fact that by riding through the Loire Valley countryside you will be witness to some spectacular views of Loire castles in a fairytale setting.  There is nothing compared to visiting France and getting to see the history of the region in such a personal way.  The other good thing about these Loire bike tours is that they are self-guided.  This means that you will be able to navigate your way along the trail with marked maps, but you will not have to worry about keeping pace with a group of people who may want to go slower and faster than you.

At the bottom of the page there is a detailed listing of what is covered by the tour and the items that you can expect to pay extra for.  Once again, this will help you to better plan your vacation as you can map out your expenses in advance and know exactly what your tour fee is going to cover before you go on the trip.