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Loire Valley Sketchbook [Hardcover]

Fabrice Moireau
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  • Hardcover: 95 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312319347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312319342
  • Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 28.7 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,327,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Loire Valley is renowned for its fabulous chateaux and gardens. Indeed, the area between Gien and Angers is known as 'the garden of France'. But for hundreds of years the Loire was an important trading and transport route and the site of many historically significant events. In the Middle Ages the kings of France began to settle in the valley, attracted by its idyllic setting and gentle climate, and it was here that the influence of the Italian Renaissance took hold and flourished. The Loire is sometimes called 'the last wild river in Europe'. The sandbanks may shift several times a year, but the great floods of the past have been tamed. It is a peaceful river that now flows past the chateaux and towns of Blois, Chaumon-sur-Loire, Amboise, Langeais, Saumur, Angers...The area has been classified by Unesco as a World Heritage Site because of its unique cultural landscape: a complex harmony of architecture, society and economy. From Anjou to Orleans, via Touraine and Blois, we follow this historic river upstream, in the footsteps of the kings of France, Leonardo da Vinci, Rabelais, Ronsard and Turner. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A unique and pleasurable read 12 Dec 2003
A mixture of delightful water colours, history book and travel guide, this is one of those read and read again books that you will share with guests - especially if you have a house in the Loire where it would become an excellent reference for visitors.
The style is very easy, enabling the reader to dip in and out, whilst the content is sufficient to make it more than just a picture book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting place and watercolours 16 Sep 2011
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This is one of the many sketchbooks I have of Fabrice Moireau.

Loire Valley is known for its beautiful chateaux and gardens. In 2000, UNESCO added a region of the river valley to its list of World Heritage Sites. It's a beautiful cultural landscape of historic cities, villages and amazing architecture.

The watercolours of Fabrice Moireau are enchanting, as usual. There are paintings of beautiful houses by the river, workers working on vineyards, the exquisite architecture of the chateaux, and the beautiful townhouses. The chateaux are just majestic.

I've checked out some photos on Flickr, but I must say that it's hard to match the charm of watercolours.

Highly recommended.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderfull loire 5 Feb 2005
original sketches, of all the towns and chateaux, along the loire valley, if you have been lucky enough to vist these sights, relive them, if not be an armchair traveler, and see and read the history,of this world heritage sight, this book makes you want to visit and tread in the path of the french kings. please look, and see what i mean.
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