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June 10, 2022

The L’Orangerie du Château of Blois !

Again usually not mentioned this restaurant but looking back of my vault of pictures and memories found one memorable picture, Therefore, it should be in my blog ! Family memories on the restaurant we have visited in my belle France. I bring you to distinct places,and choices! In my road warrior ways around my belle France I have come to enjoy many restaurants of all sorts and price levels. The L ‘Orangerie du château of Blois is on a higher echelons and very good indeed! This is magical Blois in the Loir et Cher dept 41 of the Centre Val de Loire region.  Hope you enjoy it as I.

The L‘Orangerie du Château changes ownership In 2019, from Jean-Marc Molveaux to Kevin Gardien , This is after we visited the restaurant so my experiences are from the former chef only, However, the restaurant is exceptional, gourmet, historic and refined place, You can enjoy the terrace in summer, with a breathtaking view of the François I lodges of the Royal Castle of Blois, of the Church of St Vincent and of the Anne de Bretagne pavilion. (see posts).This is a 15C residence bordered by a superb garden , Between the large dining room decorated with wood paneling, the private sitting room more intimately, or the terrace with a view of the castle all is sublime setting.

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The L’Orangerie du Château is at,1 Avenue du Dr Jean Laigret, We came by car on the D956 or Quai Ulysse Besnard along the Loire river , and just by the Pont Mitterrand turn left away from the Loire and into Bd Daniel Dupuis or road D202, all out past the Gare or train station turn slightly right into Avenue du Dr Jean Laigret, past the parc des Lices ,the resto is on your left hand side and just to your right you see the castle of Blois.

The official L’Orangerie du Châteauhttps://www.orangerie-du-chateau.fr/

The RestaurantGuru reviews on the L’Orangerie du Châteauhttps://restaurantguru.com/LOrangerie-du-Chateau-Blois

There you go folks, the fancy of my belle France, nobody does it better and it shows each year by the number of visitors. Hope you have enjoy this marvelous Loire . The L‘Orangerie du Château of Blois is a must indeed.

And remember, happy travels ,good health, and many cheers to all !!!

June 10, 2022

Le Triboulet restaurant of Blois !!

Again usually not do single post on a restaurant but looking back of my vault of pictures and memories realise this one was just brief mentioned in older post. I decided for memories’ sake to have it on its own post in my blog. Family memories on the restaurant we have visited in my belle France. I bring you to distinct places,and choices! In my road warrior ways around my belle France I have come to enjoy many restaurants of all sorts and price levels. The Le Triboulet of Blois is on a higher echelons and  very good indeed! This is magical Blois in the Loir et Cher dept 41 of the Centre Val de Loire region.  Hope you enjoy it as we did/do.

Le Triboulet, 18 place du Chateau, French traditional in a house warming cozy setting with wood stove and fireplace. Just across from castle with a great view. Great local cuisine and ,also, wonderful views over the Loire river from the terraces.

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Easy-to-find restaurant,in the parvis of the Castle of Blois (see post), overlooking the city, you can’t miss it! By choosing its name, the restaurant makes a nod to the madman of the king who officiated under the reigns of Louis XII and François I, Févrial better known as the Triboulet, the latter had costume to entertain the king with his good words. The cozy atmosphere is conferred by the narrowness of the room, by a decoration made of beams and exposed stones, and a pleasant fireplace to brave the cold of winter. The property offers a small but quality menu, traditional cuisine in an exceptional setting. During the summer, both terraces are very popular.

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The official Le Triboulet restohttp://www.letriboulet.com/

The RestaurantGuru reviews on Le Triboulethttps://restaurantguru.com/Le-Triboulet-Blois

There you go folks, the fancy of my belle France, nobody does it better and it shows each year by the number of visitors. Hope you have enjoy this marvelous Loire . The Le Triboulet of Blois is a must indeed.

And remember, happy travels ,good health, and many cheers to all!!!

June 10, 2022

The former Taverne de Maître Kanter of St Gervais la Forêt!

Again, not too often I write about a restaurant alone unless is part of a trip. However, this is part of a nostalgic trip along the favorite spots of my family, and  I like to keep firmly in my blog, and hopefully you can enjoy too when traveling near Blois. I am updating this post with new text and added picture. I like to tell you a bit more on the Taverne de Maître Kanter!

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In the unmeasurable and wonderful gastronomic delights of my belle France we set out many times without any fix rdv or reservation just on our road warrior kind of living. On the road one gets hungry/thirsty and we need to stop to refill. While on the marvelous castle road of the D956 of the Loir et Cher dept 41 of the Centre Val de Loire region we came upon this restaurant we already knew as a chain and like it; so we stop by to eat. Always a pleasant experience of the Alsacien style of cooking and great beers!  Unfortunately, this restaurant as the chain has closed, but keep in my blog for the memories of always!!

A bit on the town on the road D956 that leads to our final destination of Blois on this particular trip.

The town of Saint-Gervais-la-Forêt  is located in the department of Loir-et-Cher, 41 in the Centre Val de Loire region. A town bordering the south of Blois, Saint-Gervais is the crossroads of the four main roads of Sologne. Three of them have met since 1770 at the crossroads known as the Patte d’Oie (goose Paw ) such as Lamotte-Beuvron, Romorantin-Lanthenay and Contres. The fourth arrives along the Cosson river and joins the town from the north. The town is passed  from the south and west by the Russy forest which occupies most of the town’s territory. The neighboring towns are Blois to the north, Vineuil to the east, Mont-Près-Chambord and Cellettes to the south and Chailles to the west.

A bit of history tell us that the town was known as Saint-Gervais-des-Près for more than a thousand years (between the 8C and the French revolution), then Saint-Gervais-sur-Cosson, the town finally  took its current name of Saint Gervais la Forêt in 1918 to distinguish itself from the other 17 towns of the same name!.  It is a town of winemakers and meadows, renowned since the 18C for its cream, it took between 1794 and 1795 the name of Bonne-Crème and that of Gervais-sur-Cosson. From 1803 to 1828, Saint-Gervais was attached to the city of Blois.

A bit on things to see here if with more time are

The Pont Jacques Gabriel (D956) over the Cosson river, which dates back to 1771. The Priory, built in the 18C on the Cosson hillside for a prior of Saint-Solenne, faces the Loire Valley. It was the last resting place of Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin (better known as Houdini the magician) from 1851 until his death. From 1856, he made it an enchanted house in the garden from which he had installed his automatons (see my post on the museum in Blois). The castle, close to the priory, remains in the 19C, now inhabited by the  Warren’s family. It was built in 1842 on the site of the Juiverie (Jewry), formerly Le Vivier (Templar Commandary of the 12-13C).  The Church of Saint-Gervais-et-Saint-Protais has a 12C Romanesque tower, the only remnant of the old church burned down by the Huguenots in 1567. It was rebuilt, enlarged and built between the  16C and the 20C  (reconstruction in 2007 of a caquetoir (conversation chair) according to the plans and watercolours of the period).

The city of St Gervais la Forêt on its heritage: https://www.stgervais41.fr/vie-pratiqu/decouvrir-st-gervais/parcours-patrimoine

The Blois Chambord tourist office on the town of St Gervais la Forêt: https://www.bloischambord.co.uk/on-the-agenda/our-towns-villages/towns-and-villages/saint-gervais-la-foret-1541413

Our souvernir here is stopping off the road for dinner! The old La Taverne de Maître Kanter is now La Tavern located at 515 Rue Georges Méliès 41350 Saint-Gervais-la-Forêt off the D956 road towards Blois coming from Cheverny on your left hand side. We later continue passing the Jacques Gabriel Bridge which goes over Loire river into  Blois

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The Taverne de Maître Kanter is now La Taverrne;independant resto with wooded décor dedicated to Alsatian dishes, seafood and local specialties. It offers a multitude of flavors: seafood, traditional dishes, Alsatian specialties and gourmet salads… rediscover all the generosity of a traditional cuisine through the varied and quality menu. At Maîtrer Kanter, cooking was a simple value that must be accessible to all. You come and share warm and authentic moments with family, couples or friends. Always as said a very nice place of good quality/price ratio. Last I read, the Taverne de Maître Kanter were absorbed by the Groupe FLO several years back and then the FLO is under the Groupe Bertrand. However, most of the restaurants are now franchise independent outside the group as La Taverne.

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This is the new webpage for La Taverne on the same spot as the old Maître Kanter resto: https://www.la-taverne-blois.fr/

There you go folks, another memorable spot for my family in castle territory of my belle France on my road warrior trips. The chain even less and less it still a good one to come in we had in other towns over the years. Enjoy the old Maître Kanter, as not tried it under the new name  La Taverne! , Either way is a nice escape from while visiting Blois!

And remember, happy travels, good health ,and many cheers to all!!!

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