Loches
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Loches

We arrived in Loches on July 7, after spending a few days in Iceland. It is decidedly sleepy at night, quiet narrow streets winding around ancient ramparts in the centre of town. Our street is pedestrian-only, lined with cafés, shops, and (a surprising number of) salons.

the view from our kitchen window

the view from our kitchen window

In stark contrast to the quiet evenings, Loches comes alive during the days, tourists and locals alike wandering the streets and taking in the medieval sights around town. In particular, the twice-weekly local market (sprawling out literally right around the corner from our house) is a busy, bustling hub. Amazing local food offerings, treats, clothing, flowers, soaps, and loads of other things to buy, it is a feast for the eyes, ears, and mouth. We have picked up a tonne of fruits, veggies, bread and eggs (all great deals), cheese and salami (delicious, but not such great deals, lesson learned!!).

We have a large park right by our house, with amazing views of the chateau and the church in the cité royal.

les Jardins Publiques, just a couple minutes' walk from our house

les Jardins Publiques, just a couple minutes’ walk from our house

The streets are as you would expect in a small french town. Cobblestones, narrow roads, and rows upon rows of houses and apartments, many with gorgeous juliet balconies, painted shutters, window flower boxes, and climbing vines. Gorgeous!

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The “main road” leading to our house

flowers + shutters

evening view

walking down the street towards the bell tower

walking down the street towards the bell tower

La Mairie (town hall)

La Mairie (town hall)

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