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Several weeks ago we took our friend Jane up to the medieval quarter of Loches to have a look at the church of St Ours where Agnes Sorel is buried as well as the Lansyer house. Emmanuel Lansyer (1835-1893), was considered, in his time, one of the best landscape painters. The house he lived in, in the medieval quarter, is now a museum and the garden has a lovely view over the city of Loches.
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A bit tucked away round the back of St Ours is a small and quite intimate public garden. It is screened from the cobbled street which leads from St Ours to the donjon by a high wall and the entrance is an ornamental grilled door. You could easily mistake it for someone's private garden.
Inside are some formal rose beds, a grassy space, a couple of peach trees and some benches to look out over the roofs of the Lochois living in the houses below. From here you can also look up and get a great view of the Romanesque towers of the church.
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The most charming thing, in our opnion, is the lovely flower border that has been planted to keep people from leaning out over the low wall which edges the steep drop at the end of the garden.
To one side is a restaurant--one we have yet to explore further. Its terrace has no clear boundary with the garden--the one seems to flow into the other. That day the weather wasn't very good--a misting rain came and went, so there were no takers for the terrace.
As always you can click on the photos to enlarge them