ALL ABOUT ART
Following on from the Loire châteaux, why not visit the Chateau d'Oiron, built from the 16th century onwards, which houses a collection of contemporary art? Nearby, the Tèrra Aventura digital route and Thouars, the delightful townof art and history, are ideal for beautiful historic walks. The vineyards and excellent restaurants serve delicious discoveries.
Modern works in an historic setting !
Our week’s holiday exploring the Loire châteaux ended in Deux-Sèvres. 40 minutes after leaving Chinon, we stopped at the château d’Oiron, which we had wanted to visit for quite some time. Built from the 16th century, it is home to a collection of contemporary art, around a theme of a cabinet of curiosities. We loved the audacity of displaying modern works in this historic setting; it really does work well. In Thouars, we chose l'Art'tisane for lunch before visiting the town, which really does deserve its Ville d’art et d’histoire label! There are numerous monuments, which are well presented, the town is filled with flowers, and the parks and the banks of the Thouet are perfect for whiling away some time... We went on a beautiful hike to the Pommiers waterfall, a really refreshing walk. Another fabulous discovery was our bed and breakfast. With its pretty name la Villa des Glycines, this traditional Thouars building is a real haven of peace.
In art, there are no borders !
The area around Thouars is part of the Loire Valley vineyard, so we took advantage of this to visit a domain and to increase our knowledge of harvesting and vinification. Here, according to the domain, you can find the Anjou, Saumur and Thouars wines appellations. There’s such a great choice! And we found some real gems. At lunchtime, we stopped at the Logis de Pompois, a gastronomic restaurant in an old, 18th and 19th century vineyard, just a stone’s throw from Thouars. To digest our food before setting off home again, we tried the Tèrra Aventura « En art, point de frontières, In art there are no borders » in the village of Plaine-et-Vallées (Oiron). The 3.5km stroll reveals the charm of this Petite Cité de Caractère®, beyond its famous château. We had fun trying to solve the clues to find the little Poï’z in its hiding place.
Did you know ?
# Geocaching treasure hunt
Tèrra Aventura is a Geocaching app which allows you to explore Deux-Sèvres while having fun. Stroll through towns, or surrounded by nature... daytime or night. Discover a captivating universe, solve clues and find the hidden Poï’z.
WHERE TO SLEEP AND EAT, WHAT TO DO?
Be inspired by Laurence's break and set off on an adventure in the wine region of the Loire Valley: the Thouarsais!