After La Baule, we took a road trip inland through the French countryside to the Loire Valley which was very beautiful. We drove in our cute little Toyota Ka and listened to all the pop hits of the summer while taking in the scenic drive.
The Loire Valley is known as one of the major wine areas of France and also has numerous chateauxs (or castles), sprinkled throughout the countryside. There were too many to visit during our trip, but we did visit a few. One of the first ones was Chateaux Azay-le-Rideau – which looked very much like a fairytale castle:
Although my favorite was Chateaux de Villandry. The grounds were beautiful and the gardens were incredible.
We were also lucky enough to stay at a charming chateaux called Chateaux de Beaulieau and enjoyed one of the most delectable meals of the trip. One of the highlights of the meal was the cheese course.
Yes, it came out on a cart. I was in fromage heaven!!
That was dinner, and then the next morning, my tastebuds were on cloud nine because for breakfast I ate the best croissant and pain au chocolat that I’ve ever tasted.
The flaky outside, and soft, multi-layered insides were so addicting that I ate 2 whole croissants, even though I was full!
And look at the layers on this pain au chocolat:
The trip to the Loire Valley was probably one of the most memorable parts of the trip and truly food for the senses. I encourage you all to travel to France and experience not only Paris, but also the scenic Loire Valley and the French countryside. I’m looking forward to my next trip back and exploring more of this enchanting country!