June 16, 2011

LUNCH IN LOCHES

Loches is fast becoming my second favourite town in the Loire, the first being Chinon. 

It’s only a 30 minute drive from us in Le Grand-Pressigny so we can go there often without too much effort.  It has beautiful buildings, a great market on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and some lovely shops and restaurants.

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When our visitors were with us on the Monday of our holiday, we decided to take them to Loches to show off how lucky we were to live in such a beautiful area of France.

Typically, it being Monday, many of the shops and restaurants were closed.  I dare say that later in the tourist season, most of them would have been open – though not necessarily !!

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Still, even with many businesses closed, it is a lovely place to do the touristy thing – maybe even better for not being so busy.

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Three of our favourite restaurants were closed.  So we looked around for somewhere new and found a little creperie in a side street called “La Crépicoise”

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We all had delicious galettes and then had a brief walk around the town.

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This is the town hall – Hôtel de ville – it features in my next post !!

12 comments:

  1. Hope to visit Loches again in May 2012 especially after these pics, and will stay a few days again in Chinon.
    Leon

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  2. It looks really lovely there and galettes sound like a good lunch to me. Diane x

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  3. Agree it is a lovely place. Had a quick potter round the market there yesterday [Wed]:- there was a gap in my teaching schedule.

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  4. Not been to Loches Jean but it looks wonderful in your photos. We'll add it to our list for whenever we return to France for a visit. I'll put Chinon on the list too.

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  5. So envious...a town like that
    in the US would be on a list
    of registered historic places.
    What a delight it must be to go
    do your marketing.

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  6. It is a nice town to spend time in. We should do it more often. I'm too much of a homebody... :)

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  7. After we bought our house near Saint-Aignan — it all happened in the space of four days in December — I wondered whether we shouldn't have looked in the Chinon area. It's so beautiful over there — very southern, as in South of France, le Midi. Loches is really nice too, along with Amboise (more touristy), and both are less than a 30-minute drive from us. We have friends from California coming next week and I was just telling Walt we should take them to Loches one day.

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  8. Leon - you have excellent taste!

    Diane - we always enjoy galettes, they're very satisfying and tasty, a perfect choice for lunch.

    Antoinette - lucky you, being able to potter round Loches in your break !!

    Craig - you wouldn't be disappointed.

    Sheila - it certainly is a beautiful town.

    Walt - it is worth the effort, once in a while.

    Ken - We love Chinon but now that we are settled in Le Grand-Pressigny, I think we would have found it too smart and touristy to enjoy living there, even if we could have found somewhere we could afford to buy. I would recommend Loches on market days, on Wednesday or Saturday but remember they finish at noon. There are plenty of good places to have lunch, too.

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  9. Such nice photos of Loches. It has everything a visitor is looking for in a French town (at least for us).

    We love the pizza at the troglo pizza place on the south side of town, Pizza Mauvieres.

    Simon told us about a very nice seedy bread twist from one of the boulangeries.

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  10. Jean - will you join us in Loches in May next year or maybe a glass of Rose in Chinon?

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  11. I'm so looking forward to the day when all the work is done on the property and we can follow your lead.

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  12. Carolyn - we love Loches, it's sort of grand and crumbly at the same time.

    Leon - what a nice idea, let's see if we can co-ordinate.

    Ken - this is why we bought somewhere that is scruffy but liveable-in - it will never be big or posh and there will always be things we can do to tidy it up or finish it off - if we can be bothered !!

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