Around France

Hanging Out In The Loire Valley

Ten hours on the French highways and the Barefoot Blogger is in the Loire Valley.

Join me on an adventure into the heartland of France–the Loire Valley. Along with my “partner in crime” Nancy McGee from “Absolutely Southern France” destination management company (travel advisor.) Our challenge is to visit as many chateaus and vineyards as we can cram into three days in the Loire Valley, plus two travel days.

Day One: Sete to Amboise, via Clermont Ferrand 

Starting out from Sete, we drove non-stop to Clermont Ferrand , crossing the Millau Viaduct.

Millay Viaduct
The home of Michelin Tires, Clermont Ferrand shows its rich heritage with impressive buildings and magnificent St. Pierre Cathedral.

Clermont Ferrand
Clermont Ferrand

Cityscapes

Wish we’d had more time to see the city, especially the Cathedral. Here are some of the picture-perfect scenes that are “oh, so French.”

Clermont Ferrand
Clermont Ferrand

Apparently, the town’s favorite boulanerie

Clermont Ferrand
and here’s why …

Clermont Ferrand
Clermont Ferrand
Clermont Ferrand
Clermont Ferrand
and especially this…


One very special stop in Clermont Ferrand was the artisan Fromagerie Nivesse.  Nancy visited there recently with a tour group and she raved about the selection and quality of the cheeses. She was so right!

Clermont Ferrand

Clermont Ferrand
Clermont Ferrand
Clermont Ferrand
Clermont Ferrand

Clermont Ferrand

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

Next…Amboise…stay tuned…

5 replies »

  1. Oh, you were traveling from Sete to the Loire Valley. I wondered why Clermont-Ferrand (a typical industrial town in the Auvergne) was mentioned under the headline “Hanging out in the Loire Valley”.

    Wonderingly,

    David Terry

    • Yes, exactly, David. I was traveling with my friend, Nancy McGee of Absolutely Southern France Tours out of Sete and she had recently visited the cheese shop in Clermint-Ferrand. She thought it would be a good stopping place for us. It definitely was!

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