I found my happy place in the Loire Valley of France. I traveled there many years ago to research a book I was writing and, after my late partner died of cancer, I went back to Saint-Martin-le-Beau to heal.
I will always be grateful to France and her people for rekindling my ability to choose joy.
For more history on the tiny town of Saint-Martin-le-Beau that stole my heart, visit here. Visit here for a detailed guide on how to visit Château de Chenonceau, the most astounding château in the Loire. It was literally a bridge from Occupied Franc to Free France during WWII!
For an excellent WWII book on the Loire Valley, check out this review on Kristin Hannah’s “The Nightingale”. I hope my book will be half this good!
Part of what I love so much about France is its compelling history in regards to WWII. The women of the resistance did such heroic things and the beaches of Normandy have their own dramatic story to tell.
And then there is the story of Oradour-sur-Glane, the martyr village of France. It is preserved in its burned state to remind us all to “never forget”. For a detailed account of the massacre at Oradour-sur-Glane, visit here. For quick logistics on how to visit the martyr village of France, visit here.
For a personal story on learning to ride a bike (again) in the vineyards of France, visit here. Let me tell you, it’s hard to get back on a bike when you are born with double vision!
If you’re interested in champagne tasting in the champagne capital of France, check out this perfect day trip to Reims from Paris.
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