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Motorhoming in Indre

At the heart of France and the territory of Berry, Indre is the southern most department of the region of Centre.  This land of history is full of little wonders, be it gastronomic or otherwise.

The vineyards of Reuilly in the north east of the department spread out on the banks of the rivers Arnon and Cher.  The fruity white wines produced in the area are a perfect accompaniment for sea food and shell fish and are produced from three types of vine, the Sancerre, the Pinot Noir and the Pinot Gris.  The department also produces two cheeses, the Valençay and the Pouligny Saint Pierre.  Both made from goat’s milk, they are of course very good with a glass of local wine.  What more could one ask for if doing a bit of motorhome travel in France?!

The impressive Château de Valençay was constructed by Louis VIII in the emerging Renaissance style.  Built in white stone, the château was declared a neutral zone during the Second World War which allowed it to shelter works of art such as the Venus de Milo transferred from the Louvre. Its French gardens and English park are picturesque and are described by the 19th century writer George Sand as ‘one of the most beautiful places on earth’.

While you are travelling around, make use of the Aires de Service in Indre and stop off in Le Blanc, a town separated in two by the river Creuse.  During three hundred years the liaison between the two parts of the town was made by boat as the bridge was carried away by a flood in 1530.  It was only at the debut of the 19th century that the two halves of the town were reunited by a new bridge and the town benefited from its heritage to lance itself into the tourist trade.  Wander through the town and discover ‘La Grande Rue’ in the ‘high’ town and ‘Place de la Liberation’ in the ‘low’ town.  Visit the museum in the town’s medieval château, one of two in the town, to discover the history of the town and the surrounding area.

If you’re hiring a motorhome in France or hiring a motorhome in England visit the towns of Issoudun which resisted attacks by Julius Caesar before being recognised and privileged by King Louis XIV, or La Châtre which has conserved all of its medieval charms before venturing on to other departments.  From Indre you can go motorhoming in Indre et Loire, motorhoming in Cher or motorhoming in the Limousin.