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.
Entrance to the fortified town via the Porte Royale
The 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.
The Royal Lodge
View 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)!
Porte des Cordeliers
16th century town hall
Historical quarter of Loches
Collegiate 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.