This Royal City has a history that stretches back a thousand years, and was at one point ruled by the English. It is safe to say that wherever you come from, you can happily stroll around the ancient streets without fear of attack! As you drive into loches you can’t fail to see the impressive donjon (or keep) which dominates the skyline.

DSCN7224Entrance to the fortified town via the Porte Royale

DSCN7231The formidable 11th century donjon (keep)

The Royal Lodge overlooks the town and the River Indre and it was here that Joan of Arc met the future Charles VII. Having Maggie meant that I was denied access, but I could still admire it from the gardens.

DSCN7227The Royal Lodge

DSCN7234View of the Royal Lodge from the public gardens

Away from the fortress, Loches has some beautiful historical areas where we wandered around and stopped every now and again for refreshments. With the narrow streets and old city gates I could really imagine what life must have been like (but without the smells, grime and diseases of the era)!

DSCN7178Porte des Cordeliers


DSCN718516th century town hall

DSCN7184Historical quarter of Loches

DSCN7236Collegiate curch of Saint Ours

So, that was just a quick ‘snapshot’ of this lovely city. There is plenty more to see round and about, but Maggie and I were exhausted. Time for a drink and to put my feet up.

A Bientot!

About Al in France

Dreams do come true and I am now retired and living with Maggie, my chocolate labrador, in France in the Deux-Sevres. I love travel and photography and hope to combine both interests here to make a record for myself, and somewhere where I hope you will get to enjoy a part of my life in this region, in France and further afield when I get the opportunity. Please feel free to follow and comment. A Bientot!
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