The Loire River

Loire river near Orléans, France, on a foggy November morning

Loire river near Orléans, France, on a foggy November morning

From a walk along the Loire river, near Orléans, France, on a foggy Sunday morning in November.

The Loire, the longest river in France, crosses Orléans from east to west and offers a permanent show to tourists and people of Orléans alike. Classified since 2000 as “World Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO, the 280 km of the Loire Valley, stretching from Sully-sur-Loire in Loiret to Chalonnes-sur-Loire in Maine-et-Loire is an exceptional site for its biological diversity and for its rich history and culture (parks, castles and cities).

The “Canal latéral à la Loire”, pictured here, was opened in 1838 and enabled navigation between Digoin and Briare.

 


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