The scene for some of the most important events in the history of France, Orléans today combines tradition and modernity. Once called Cénabum, then Aurélianis and liberated by Joan of Arc on 8 May 1429, Orléans is one of the oldest towns in France.
The town remains inextricably linked to its river, which was an important place for trade - Loire wines, Anjou slate, salt and dried fish from the Atlantic, fabrics from Champagne and Flanders.
Its pedestrian district, its museums, its shopping streets, its paved squares and the waterfront are all picturesque places to wander around.
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