Lovin' the Loire

The one, the only tarte Tatin

"You will never, ever find a tarte Tatin that resembles the true tarte Tatin of the Tatin sisters," says Jean-Paul Martin Cousin. Even if you travel to Lamotte-Beuvron, the Loire Valle town where the mouth-watering caramelized apple pie originated, sadly you can no longer find a genuine tarte Tatin because…

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Amboise, Renaissance capital

Five hundred years ago, Amboise was the seat of power and the final stomping grounds of Leonardo da Vinci. Today, the benevolent city on the banks of the Loire seduces history buffs, cyclists and wine lovers alike. Stately plane trees line the Loire River in the middle of Amboise, throwing…

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Leonardo the anatomist

The gory truth about Leonardo's mastery of human anatomy is that his insatiable curiosity and desire to represent living beings accurately led him to dissect not only animals, but humans as well, including at least one woman who died with an unborn baby in her womb. He obtained his specimens--usually…

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Leonardo, lover of birds, and flight

A story about Leonardo speaks to both his love of nature and fascination with flight. When at a market, Da Vinci would often pity the cooped-up birds that were on sale, plunk down the asking price for them, then release them into the air. Leonardo had a legendary obsession with…

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