A house at the foot of the château in Montrésor
A small river, the Indrois, runs past the château, with a walking trail from which you get good views. We started there and walked a big loop all around the village just taking in the sights. The pictures here are some of the houses I especially enjoyed seeing. You can click on the pictures to see them at a larger size.
Montrésor is about halfway between Saint-Aignan and Loches
Les Plus Beaux Villages de France is an association that was set up in the early 1980s to preserve villages and small towns that were being depopulated by growing exodus of young French people from the countryside to the cities. Instead of letting the picturesque villages fall into ruin and abandon, the new organization encouraged restoration and tourism while trying to help local people avoid turning their towns into "theme parks" and tourist traps.
I like the way the color of the lichens on the roof
matches the color of the paint on the door.
According to the Plus Beaux Villages web site, the association doesn't "recruit" villages but instead accepts applications for membership and inclusion on its list of picturesque and historic places, which must be in rural settings and have fewer that 2,000 inhabitants. The goal is to create a grass roots movement and local involvment and commitment, rather than impose a "top-down" approach.
This one looks like the archetypal Touraine house to me.
From Montrésor, we went on to Montpoupon, Chenonceaux, and Amboise. The weather has been cooperating nicely.