Sunday, November 2, 2008

My European Trip 15 - Chinon


(River Vienne, view from the Chinon tower)

Chinon is a historical little town on the banks of the river Vienne, 45 kilometers south of the heart of Touraine, which is called the "Garden of France" and the "Cradle of the French Language". It became the residence of Charles VII, the heir of the throne of France in the early 1400's, and was where the legendary Joan of Arc came to recognize him and raise an army to liberate the country from the English domination.


(A long stairway from the Parking lot to the tower, with residents houses distributed on both sides. )


Old Clock in the Chinon tower. It still works today, making solid sound every sharp hour to 10,000 residents.


A Beetle wecker in the 1960's.


Birds' view of Chinon


Next stop: Azay-le-Rideau

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