Castles in Loire and Discovery by bicycle

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The Loire Valley ('Vallée de la Loire' in french) is known as the Garden of France and the Cradle of the French Language. It is also reknown for the quality of its architectural heritage, in its historic towns such as Amboise, Angers, Blois, Chinon, Nantes, Orléans, Saumur, and Tours, but in particular for its world-famous castles in Loire, such as the Chateaux d'Amboise, Chateau de Chambord, Chateau de Villandry and Chenonceau and more particularly its many cultural monuments, which illustrate to an exceptional degree the ideals of the Renaissance and the Age of the Enlightenment on western European thought and design. Some french kings as Francis I or Louis XII even lived in Chambord and Amboise for some time. The famous inventor Leonardo da Vinci spent also some time in Amboise during this period. He was living in le Clos-Lucé (in Amboise) that you can visit now to discover the life and inventions of this reknown spirit. It is even supposed that he was having an influence on the construction of Le Chateau de Chambord…

In 2000, UNESCO added the central part of the Loire River valley, between Maine and Sully-sur-Loire, to its list of World Heritage Sites. In choosing this area that includes the French departements of Loiret, Loir-et-Cher, Indre-et-Loire, and Maine-et-Loire, the committee said that the Loire Valley is: 'an exceptional cultural landscape, of great beauty, comprised of historic cities and villages, great architectural monuments - the Loire Castles - and lands that have been cultivated and shaped by centuries of interaction between local populations and their physical environment, in particular the Loire itself.' Since then, cycling paths have been coming along, in order to visit the Chateaux de la Loire by following the meanders of the Loire Valley. It is now part of a big European cycling route, following rivers from the Black Sea to the Atlantic Coast. More than 400km of bicycles paths are available to welcome cyclists along the Loire river in France.


Based in Poitiers, the photographer Pierre Torset is sharing his time between some documentary photography and photo-journalism by offering picture stories and reportage to the Press and Edition sector (magazine, newspapers, agencies) in both social and tourism issues. He is also working as a local photographer in France, mainly by doing corporate pictures in France and in Poitiers (hometown).

You can find more about his work in the Stories Index or in the Visitors Page for a quick overview of his work, by clicking here > Photographe Poitiers (choose English Version, then VISITORS Page). More external links about his work in the Contact Page.

Pour voir les reportages (avec présentation et légendes) en français > > > Pierre Torset- Photographe Poitiers French Version