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Saumur Village and Castle – Bilingual Story

Steve Oswald By Steve Oswald on January 28, 2014
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Take a virtual tour of the historical village of Saumur in France’s Loire Valley, and practice your French with this easy French English bilingual story.

1 – Discover Saumur in France

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Entre les nombreuses belles régions de France, le Val de Loire est une des plus populaires. Il y a beaucoup de petits villages qui parsèment le long de la Loire, le plus long fleuve de France.

Among the numerous beautiful regions in France, the Loire Valley is one of the most popular. There are many small villages scattered along the Loire, the longest river in France.

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Situ√© √† 75 kilom√®tres √† l’ouest de Tours, le charmant village de Saumur est le lieu de naissance de Coco Chanel, la c√©l√®bre couturi√®re, et le foyer du Cadre Noir, un corps de cavaliers d’√©lite fran√ßais.

Located 75 kilometers west of Tours, the charming town of Saumur is the birthplace of Coco Chanel, the celebrated dress designer, and the home of the Cadre Noir, a corps of elite French horsemen.

Comme n’importe quel autre village typique de cette partie du pays, Saumur a un ch√Ęteau fort sur une colline qui surplombe un petit village au bord du fleuve.

 Like any other typical village in this part of the country, Saumur has a castle fortress on a hill that overlooks a small town at the edge of the river.

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2 – Saumur Castle

√Ä l’origine construit au dixi√®me si√®cle, le ch√Ęteau de Saumur a subi beaucoup de changements √† travers les si√®cles. Dans le pass√©, il a servi de tour forteresse, de d√©p√īt d’armes et de munitions, et m√™me de prison.

Originally constructed in the 10th century, the Chateau of Saumur has endured many changes over the centuries. In the past, it has served as a tower fortification, an arms and munitions depot, and even a prison. 

Maintenant, il est encore en cours de r√©novation afin de le restaurer √† son ancienne grandeur. On peut suivre un tour du ch√Ęteau en anglais ou en fran√ßais.

Now, it is again under renovation in order to restore it to its former grandeur. One may take a tour of the chateau in English or in French.

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3 – Don’t Miss the Horsemen Show in Saumur!

Au bas d’un des murs du ch√Ęteau il y a un petit amphith√©√Ętre. Le jour o√Ļ nous y √©tions, il y avait un spectacle qui racontait l’histoire d’un assaut sur le ch√Ęteau. Plusieurs des acteurs jouaient √† cheval pendant le spectacle. Leur talent de cavalier √©tait formidable et c’√©tait tr√®s int√©ressant de les regarder !

At the base of one of the walls of the chateau there is a small amphitheater. The day we were there, there was a show which recounted the story of an assault on the chateau. Several of the actors performed on horseback during the show. Their horsemanship was astounding and it was very interesting to watch them!

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√Ä l’int√©rieur du ch√Ęteau, il y a un mus√©e avec des arts d√©coratifs, une collection de tapisseries, et une collection de c√©ramiques qui est parmi la plus riche en Europe. √Ä cot√© du ch√Ęteau il y a un autre mus√©e qui refl√®te l’histoire des selles et d’autres √©quipements d’√©quitation. Dans ce mus√©e, nous avons vu un petit film qui montre plusieurs des comp√©tences des cavaliers du Cadre Noir. Ceux ma√ģtres cavaliers sont parmi les meilleurs du monde et la d√©monstration de leur talent est absolument incroyable !

Inside the chateau, there is a museum with decorative art, a collection of tapestries, and a collection of ceramics which is among the richest in Europe. Next to the chateau is another museum which displays the history of saddles and other horse-riding equipment. In this museum, we saw a small film that shows several skills of the horsemen of the Cadre Noir. These master horsemen are among the best in the world and the display of their talent is absolutely unbelievable!

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