Many are familiar with the lovely Loire Valley, and it happens to be a very special place for me. There are endless chateaus and castles to be found there, but this one is a bit off the beaten path and not as well known. It happens to be a few blocks from my brother’s home! Yes, he has it rough…living in the shadow of this amazing 14th century fortress! It was renovated in 2006 and the well preserved medieval interiors are worth a tour. It is situated right on the Loire river, and the town itself is extremely charming. I recommend dining at Cotes et Jardin, a lovely little gem in the heart of town.