The allure of textiles is felt from the very beginning of this ten-day tour with attendance at the Pour l‘Amour du Fil show. This needle arts event in Nantes takes place in almost 20,000 square feet of space, and features exhibitions and an international roster of more than 100 hand-picked vendors.
From there, gain a deep appreciation for the history of French textiles at venues such as the Textile Museum in Cholet, where handkerchief production is brought to life, and the Angers Castles, which houses the Apocalypse Tapestry, the largest set of medieval tapestries in the world. Related visits include the Fine Arts Museum in Angers--the Musée des Beaux-Arts d’Angers--and the Shoe Craft Museum.
French elegance is on display with stops at the country’s great châteaux, including Versailles, to see both the Palace and the Gardens, and Chenonceau, in the Loire Valley, which spans the Cher River atop an arched bridge.
The tour begins in the lobby of our hotel in Paris, on Day 1, Tuesday April 18th. The tour concludes after breakfast in our hotel in Paris on Day 10, Thursday April 27th.
Day 1 Tue April 18 Arrive Paris
Making your own way to our hotel in Paris. Join the tour leader for get together drinks at 5.30pm.
Day 2 Wed April 19 Paris-Nantes
Depart for Nantes. Elegant, bourgeois and dynamic, Nantes is a perfect balance between its rich past and modernity present. Follow our guide on a walking tour of this fascinating city. (B)
Day 3 Thu April 20 Nantes
Travel to La Beaujoire Parc des Expositions and attend the Pour l'Amour du Fil show. More than just a needle art show, Pour l’Amour du Fil is an entertainment show, a place where enthusiasts can meet and share their passion for fiber art and shop in a beautiful vendor mall--all under one roof. (B)
Day 4 Fri April 21 Nantes
After breakfast, depart for the wonderful village of Clisson, one of the most popular attractions in the area, and visit the Clisson market. Visit the Textile Museum in Cholet. Built in 1881, by Calixte Ouvrard, this factory is one of the only reminders of handkerchief production in the city. Then pay a visit to Shoe Craft Museum. This fascinating museum, housed in a former factory, gives insight into traditional shoe making. Another day to attend the Pour l'Amour du Fil show. (B)
Day 5 Sat April 22 Nantes-Angers-Tours
Continue travel to Angers. An intellectual center in the 1400s and a lively university city today, Angers is an economic center and an engaging western gateway to the Loire Valley. It is also the historical seat of the Plantagenet dynasty and the dukes of Anjou. Visit the Cathedral of Angers before a free afternoon to explore the city on your own. (B, L)
Day 6 Sun April 23 Tours
After breakfast, travel to Tours. On the way, stop in the Medieval town of Chinon, then taste some delicious Loire Valley Wines in a carefully selected winery before a visit to the Chateau de Villandry. Arrive in Tours and check in to our hotel. (B, D)
Day 7 Mon April 24 Tours
Following breakfast, depart for one of the most elegant chateaus of the Loire Valley, Chateau de Chenonceau. It spans the Cher River atop a graceful arched bridge. Then it's off to Amboise for a wine tasting session and lunch in the Caves Duhard. Take a walking tour of Amboise before continuing to the Chateau de Chambord. One of the crowning achievements of French Renaissance architecture, the Château de Chambord is the largest, grandest and most visited château in the Loire Valley. (B, L)
Day 8 Tue April 25 Tours-Versailles-Paris
Head to Paris, on the way stop at Chateau de Versailles to visit the Palace and the Gardens. Chateau de Versailles Palace is without a doubt one of the most unique such visits in France. This 3-star Michelin travel guide site is considered the symbol of perfection when it comes to Classical Architecture. Today, the Chateau as well as its grounds are gradually regaining their original splendor thanks to immense restoration work. After the Palace visit, there is time to visit the Gardens before continuing to Paris. (B, L)
Day 9 Wed April 26 Paris
In the morning, depart for the Champagne region of France and travel to Reims. Visit Taittinger House of Champagne, and watch an enlightening presentation on how Champagne is made. Taittinger is honored to play a key part in celebrations around the world. Then visit the chalk quarries and taste Champagne. Visit the family-owned Brunot Champagne estate and enjoy lunch with the owners. Afterward, continue to Epernay to tour the Avenue de Champagne, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The avenue is almost a kilometer long, and is lined with magnificent private dwellings that were constructed over many centuries by the Champagne Houses. Finish the day with a visit to the small village of Hautvillers. Here among vibrant green vines, it is popularly believed that Dom Pierre Perignon (1638-1715) created Champagne. Return to Paris and enjoy our farewell dinner. (B, D)
Day 10 Thu April 27 Depart Paris
Our tour concludes after breakfast. (B)
Please note: tour itinerary may be subject to change.
While shopping with her mother in 1977, (really, that long ago!), Charlotte Angotti wandered into a quilt shop and everything changed from there. Educated in fine arts, speech and drama, she brings a variety of talents to the classroom in a most humorous way.
She began to teach quilt making in 1978 when someone asked her to show them how to quilt. Her first quilt was sold right after making it. The International Quilt Festival Houston is one of her favorite places to teach and she has been filling classes there since 1991. She has taught for AQS, Road to California, Vermont Quilt Show as well as many other shows and guilds. Traveling with quilters on cruises and tours has also been a highlight of her career. Charlotte's Escapes have the magic charm of introducing quilters to each other, and over the years many friendships have been made through these adventures.
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