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Dreux town guide

Dreux

If you are heading into Western France and avoiding Paris in your hire car you will pass close to this historic town which is about sixty miles from both Orleans and Rouen on the RN154. Dreux has always been a wealthy town and this is reflected in the architecture. Visitors will find themselves in the Old Town which is still surrounded by the remains of ancient walls and fortifications, within these walls there are fifteenth and sixteenth century houses which are wood framed and the later more elegant town houses of the Drouais. Some of the municipal and commercial buildings date from the nineteenth century as does the Chappelle Royale Saint Louis which is worth seeing for its sumptuous stained glass manufactured at the famous Sevres factory.

The Musee dArt et d'Histoire de Marcel Dessal not only gives insight into the local area but houses some fine art including work by Monet and Don Quixote by Garouste.

There are two other museums for the enthusiast, the first is the Musee du Vignoble Drouais, this is situated in the caves of the Saint Thibault Priory and not only tells the story of local winemaking but also gives the opportunity to try and buy the local white wine. The other museum is the Automobile Druais Museum which, sadly for some, only opens on the first Sunday of the month.

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