Saumur in the Pays de la Loire region

21 September 2023 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

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© Martin Falbisoner/cc-by-sa-3.0

Saumur is a commune in the Maine-et-Loire department in western France. The town is located between the Loire and Thouet rivers, and is surrounded by the vineyards of Saumur itself, Chinon, Bourgueil, Coteaux du Layon, etc.. Saumur station has rail connections to Tours, Angers, La Roche-sur-Yon and Nantes.   read more…

Montbrison in the Loire department

28 March 2022 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  4 minutes

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© Nezdek/cc-by-sa-4.0

Montbrison (Arpitan: Montbréson) is a commune in the Loire department in central France. Montbrison was the historical capital of the counts of Forez, and today it is the principal city in the Forez.   read more…

Chateau Marmont Hotel in Hollywood

30 January 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Greater Los Angeles Area, Hotels Reading Time:  9 minutes

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© – Tony Hisgett/cc-by-2.0

The Chateau Marmont is a hotel located at 8221 Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, California. The hotel was designed by architects Arnold A. Weitzman and William Douglas Lee and completed in 1929. It was modeled loosely after the Château d’Amboise, a royal retreat in France’s Loire Valley. The hotel is known as both a long- and short-term residence for celebrities – historically “populated by people either on their way up or on their way down” – as well as a home for New Yorkers in Hollywood. The hotel has 63 rooms, suites, cottages, and bungalows. In 2020, the Chateau Marmont converted to a private members-only hotel.   read more…

Medieval city of Orléans on the Loire

29 August 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Architecture, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  8 minutes

Jeanne d'Arc monument © Pc fish

Jeanne d’Arc monument © Pc fish

Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 130 kilometres (81 mi) southwest of Paris. It is the capital of the Loiret department and of the Centre region. Orléans is located on the Loire River where the river curves south towards the Massif Central. The city of New Orleans (still called in French La Nouvelle-Orléans), in the United States is named after the commune of Orléans.   read more…

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