V "Garden France"

In France it is difficult to find ugly and uninteresting places. God settled the French in the wonderland, and they did everything to use a gift gift with the mind. But the valley of the Loire River is a place even on this background amazing, charming. This is a large geographical and historical region in the west of France, stretching from the low mountains of the western part of the central array to the Atlantic coast, the edge is amazingly diverse, but at the same time combined by him one inherent in the features, famous for his atypical history.

Loire, the second after Rhone the large river France, is randinously carries its waters to the ocean, off the coast of which is the city of Nantes, spacious convulsions and frills of a rich soft hills, divided into numerous sleeves, taking numerous tributaries.

Nature here does not replete incredible wonders, along the Loire there are no exciting spirit of highland, incredible waterfalls or endless prairies. But how the landscape is complicated here, makes you feel that I created it without blind nature, but a brilliant artist. And climate – under it, soft, very human. The Loire Valley is not too hot, nor too cold. Long rain here is rarity, snow is fleeting. Only in these places the air has the ability to transparently overflow by some amazing pearl purity. The view will look at the surroundings of many kilometers, but long hills, spiers bells, pigeonous forest horizon is shrouded in tender haze. Describe what sunrise or sunset on Loire is capable only feather of the Great Poet.

Loire Valley is called "Garden France". Unique climate and generous land – but also the diligence and mind of the locals – in reality turned Val de la Loire to a gracious garden. Local fruits are famous in the whole country. And Vineyards and Wine Loire. "Muscade" and "Turbulent", "Shinon" and "Sanner", "Puyi" and sparkling "Somurua" – fame of French winemaking, names are as gold like "Champagne", "Bordeaux" and "Burgon".

In the valley of Loire few industries. Thanks to this, hardworking the cultivated gardens, vineyards and pastures alternate with intact forests, still full of all sorts of game. And Loire and her tributaries give the shelter in their pure waters a variety of fish breeds. So Louarean cuisine – a decent pearl in the crown of French gastronomy. It is like local nature, harmonious, diverse, light.

The Loire Valley has a special historical fate. It was this edge until the XVIII century remained the victims of freedom-loving feudalists and the favorite places of French, and not only the French, kings. Rena kind, formal lord "Both Sicili", A man who hated war and politics who preferred to them music, literature and fun festivals, was not very stood for his possessions in Spain and Italy, but Loire considered his jewel. British crowdents from the planternage dynasty were ready to abandon other possessions on the European continent, but with green hills "Val de la Laur" Walked away. French king Francis I made his capital the city of Blois, built it up and its surroundings of amazing beauty by palaces and castles. In one of them, CLO-LUCE, lived in the last years of his life ingenious Leonardo da Vinci, invited to France Francis I. According to legend, he died on the hands of the king. But the historical fact – he presented his august patron "Joconda", exported from Italy.

It was in the Lutra Valley that a literary French has developed. The natives of these places were Rabl and Wiyon, Ronsar, Balzac and Hugo. No wonder their language is just as transparent and smoke at the same time as the air over Lair. And I can understand the painting of impressionists to the end only with your own eyes seeing local landscapes.

In the garden of France

When you remember about the Loire Valley, the first thing, of course, come into the head of her locks. It is actually a miracle! Not less than those inscribed in the registry "seven wonders of the world". Blois, Shambo and Shenonso, Angers, Schomon and Yussse, Amboise, Shatoden and Aze-le-Rido, Saumour, Lange and Monzheffraua. These are the names of amazing masterpieces of architecture. When you look at their proud and at the same time, the sly towers are climbing on their front stairs, hopping the breath on the enfilads of the hall, throwing the last look at these gentle flowers of art, removing on the loop rustic road, – amazing the ability of their creators. How could they guess the bends of these forms? How could they like exactly fit their buildings in a beautiful Louarese landscape?

And the spectacle that is these locks during night performances "Light and sound", Just captures the Spirit. Under the sounds of the old music of the tower, stairs, bastions are dense against the background of the black night sky, it will be forever disappear, turning into mysterious ghosts of the old days.

But the famous locks are only the largest diamonds in the Luar Diadem. In the valley of the driving river locks dozens, if not hundreds. And majestic and touching modest. And besides this – the old church, the village, the village of the region, will certainly have an old church, having slept an ancient abbey to a century-old sleep, the lizards warm on his zellow stones of the ruins of impregnable fortresses. Town streets, their humpback bends, multicolored tiled roofs and intricate carving on the facades of houses, remembering time immemorial, immerses visitor to thoughtfulness: who I am? What year in the yard? But also there are multi-kilometer wine cellars-labyrinths, where the Luar wines are slowly ripening. And there are whole villages whose houses are dug in the slopes of hills folded from snow-white limestone. In these "Troglamodsky" houses still live. And it seems thumbs up: the entrance is a new car, roses and wisteria are banging in the parisader, fresh windows sparkle, satellite antenna says that Luarsky "Tarrot" lives in step with time.

So in the yard of 1997. Time in the Loire Valley flows by its laws. We have less than that of the river, slowly flowing to the Atlantic. It is worth hurrying and breathing the air of this wonderful edge.

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