Chinon (France 2015)

Chinon River Mist1Chinon is a wonderful town. Medieval houses wedged in between more Renaissance ones. Little alleyways. Foot traffic only in the town center. Perfect place from which to venture forth and explore the Loire Valley.

Chinon StairwayChinon Old House2 Chinon Houses

Chinon Poppies

 

 

 

We  landed in a great hotel, The Agnes Sorell, right on the river Vienne. Nice room and a little patio right outside where we could sit in the sun. And as I said in my last post, the owners are kind and helpful. Chinon Patio at B&B

We came to Chinon because of my reading about the castle. I was interested in the English King John of Magna Carta fame who locked up his French bride here, but Jeanne d’Arc met her French King here also.  As is usual with castles and cathedrals, it was built up over time; the oldest section is separated from the newer by a ravine. Lots of wind and great views over the town and river.

Chinon Fortress Walkway
Chinon from the Fortress
We finally had sun and spent the morning exploring, then went to lunch in a Troglodyte cave where mushrooms are grown and on to another castle – more on that next time.
Chinon River Bridge