The drive over three regions: Brittany, PdL, and CvL!

Ok wo we had our trip for the weekend as usual around my belle France. Last weekend we actually passed by three regions by car , sounds a lot but they are actually within 4 hours driving only….!

We started from our pretty Brittany, and went past the Pays de la Loire and finally the Centre Val de Loire. All along the Loire of course, the great river of France. The title is abbreviated for not wanting to post a long title and well not creative enough ::)

We left our house by 7h or 7am taken the D768 to connect to the N165 free roads; we continue to the beltway or periphérique nord in Nantes to get on the A844, here to make a bit faster we took the toll road A11 direction Angers but got off it at the D763 road to Ancenis for only 3,10€ of tolls. Here at Ancenis we found some nice monuments.

These were the wonderful castle (b. 984AD) towers still in pretty good shape, the bridge or pont Bretagne-Anjou ,and  a nice halles or covered market with a belltower at first I thought it was a Church ! An old town founded in 984AD by Duke of Brittany, Guérech. Not to mention, the good wines of Ancenis.

More on the tourist page in French here: http://www.pays-ancenis-tourisme.com/fr/a-voir-a-faire/visites-culture-et-patrimoine/villes-et-villages/ancenis-et-ses-bords-de-loire/

We left Ancenis on the road D17 passing by Le Fuilet to Montrevault and Saint Pierre de Montlimart getting here on the D752 towards to Beaupréau-en-Mauges, where we cut off again on the D756 towards Jallais, and reaching Chemillé-Melay ,and onwards to Vihiers. All wonderful sleepy little towns but this is the pleasure of driving in my belle France! We did a bit of a detour to go into the D39 and passed by Les Trois Moutiers; cheating as actually this is in the department of the Vienne in region Nouvelle Aquitaine!!!. You see a nice Church Saint Hilaire in photo.

A bit on the tourism here in French: https://www.uneautreloire.fr/page/le-fuilet

At Vihiers we got on the D960 towards Saumur, our first real stop. I will put Saumur on a different post to tell you all about it. Some of the towns here on the tourist page in French: https://www.ot-saumur.fr/Villes-et-villages_r178.html

After walking around Saumur and having our lunch , we continue to our hotel and final destination at Tours. This we follow the Loire river on the D952 passing first by Varennes sur Loire, then Chouzé sur Loire and La Chapelle sur Loire . This road continues into Saint Michel sur Loire ,and Langeais site of a famous castle. Also, passing by Luynes and finally crossing the Loire river again on the road D37 at the bridge or pont de Saint Cosmé. Here we made a left turn into Avenue Proudhun that continues into rue des Tanneurs, turning right at rue Nationale , then left at Blvd Heurteloup and then another left at rue Victor Lalou to our hotel ; and we arrive.

More of Tours in a separate posts to tell you about the wonderful things to see there.

On the way back we came back out of Tours in the same way we came in, but this time taking the D37 out of town into the D751 direction Saumur. This time no tolls at all. And passing by another wonderful castle ,that of Azay-le-Rideau. Of course we did not stopped at these castles as no time and seen them years ago, we do need to get back for an update.  We passed by Coudray-Montpensier a nice castle we saw from the road. We continue on the side road of D751E at Chinon, another historical castle where been Sunday, we ate at our always reliable McDonalds amongst the vineyards of Chinon lol!

Some of the towns here in tourist page in English: http://www.tourainenature.com/en/visits-attractions/other-attractions/

And more here on the castles of this area in English: http://www.azay-chinon-loirevalley.com/

We went around Saumur on the same D751 along the Loire river direction Gennes with an interesting bridge over the Loire river. We continue on the D751 getting around Angers. This on road D759 direction Loudun and continuing to Thouars, and getting around this city as well on the road D938TER direction Bressures. Here we connected to the N249/E62 and got around Cholet as well. Taking direction Vallet and Nantes, where it reads the D149 same road, and connects with the beltway of periphérique nord of the N844 which becomes the A844 and hooks up with the N165 direction Vannes.

Something more on this area towns and things to see from the area tourist office: http://www.tourisme-bocage.com/visiter/histoire-et-patrimoine#!/page/1

And we reach home, nice and fresh really. Minimum tolls, which if extend it a bit could have been zero taxes oh yes they call it tolls…::)

We had enough time on Sunday to indulge on the trip and the goodies purchase from handbags, to candies, and chocolates, and of course the nice things we have not far from home that on a weekend can be a huge trip by anyone.

See some photos of the car trip here ,and look out for the Saumur and Tours posts coming up soon. Enjoy your week, mine is back to reports, meetings and a trip to Paris for a meeting by train TGV. Cheers!

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