A few miles further on, the small village of Villaines-les-Rochers
has more than one trick in its... basket! It is the capital of wicker
, which has been grown and worked here since 1849. As you walk through the streets of the troglodytic village, you can see the craftspeople at work, and there is an information trail
to learn all about it in an enjoyable way.
Head for Chinon
, next, and the Vienne Valley. Here in Rabelais country, there is the fortress of Chinon
, where Joan or Arc came to seek the Dauphin, future King Charles VII, on the heights above the Vienne valley. The Maison de la Rivière
provides an insight into the traditions of boating and fishing on the river, which for many years were important activities. There is more to Chinon than this, however, thanks to its renowned vineyards whose owners will be glad to open the doors of their wineries
for delightful tasting sessions.