Vendôme is a big town (pop. 22,500 or so) located in the northern part of the départment we live in, Le Loir-et-Cher. It's on the Loir river, and 40 miles to the south Saint-Aignan is on the Cher river. Vendôme has a TGV station for quick trips to Paris. Saint-Aignan doesn't have a TGV station.
The Michelin Guide describes Vendôme as a petit Venise aux charmes secrets. Grapes are grown and wines are made in the surrounding countryside.The town itself is the site of the ruins of an old château as well as an impressive abbey church. On a nice day, such as the one on which I took these photos, Vendôme is a beautiful spot for a long stroll.