Sleepy Saturday in Chinon

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  1. Hi Brooke, I would like to know if most of the shops and restaurants were open in October? We will visit this year on the last Saturday in September and am curious what to expect.

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    1. Hi Julie! First, I’m so excited for you and your husband! You’ll have a great time during your time in the Loire, I absolutely love it. Chinon is an extremely charming town. It’s most known for the wines (cab franc) and the medieval village, but was first made famous as landing ground for Joan of Arc. The old town is one of the most well-preserved in France, and you’ll find Joan of Arc’s name and tributes all over. It’s amazing to walk around and look up at the old buildings– you’ll become a small part in an ancient legacy of people who have walked those streets and touched the doorframes. It’s amazing.

      I believe there’s a market on both Saturday and Sunday in, you guessed in, Place de Jeanne d’Arc, and I found little pockets of other restaurants on the northern side of the river when visiting. The old fortress will be open for tours, and the views from the top are breathtaking. The tourism office is also located nearby, and they’ll be able to give you more guidance. Working in a tourism office is a profession often requiring a master’s degree in France. People in tourism are highly professional, will always speak perfect English and will know more about the area than a textbook! Heads up, the blog post title isn’t misleading, however, and in general, I found Chinon to be quite sleepy on a Saturday. For more info, here’s a link to the English tourism site! Hope this helps :) http://www.ville-chinon.com/en/.

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  2. Hi Brooke, my husband and I are looking to visit Chinon on the last Saturday in September. When you visited, were most of the shops and restaurants open yet? It looks absolutely charming!

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