The town, in the heart of the Loire Valley, was once a Roman camp and later, the birthplace of the famous French writer Rabelais, a Renaissance writer and satirist, doctor and humanist.
One of my favorites of his quotes: "Gestures, in love, are incomparably more attractive, effective and valuable than words."
Chinon was also visited by Joan of Arc in 1429 who announced herself to the King of France as "a messenger of God". A statue of the Angel of France graces the Place Jeanne d'Arc.
If I were here now, I would water my horse with the region's Cabernet Franc red and order une crepe avec beurre et sucre.
Do you have a favorite crepe?
(Photography copyright: Kirsten Steen)