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France Trip, August 2012

Monday, August 20

We had originally planned to visit Chinon and Fontevraud Abbey but decided that we didn't want to drive as far today. So we went into the town of Loches, which is only 4 km from our vacation chateau. Loches is a medieval town with a chateau that was originally built in the 9th century. A lot of the chateau was designed and occupied by Henry II of England and Richard the Lionheart. It was later captured for France. It would become a favorite residence of Charles VII of France who gave it to his mistress, Agnes Sorel. Louis XI used it later as a prison, so there are many rooms that were dungeons (donjon) and torture chambers.

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