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This is the River Vienne, which runs through the town of Chinon in the Loire Valley. Chinon had it's heyday in the 12th and 13th century, when King Henry II of England made this his home while he pursued his claim to also be the King of France (he was also Duke of Anjou). The tangled web of interconnected family trees set of several hundred years of wars between the two countries. Henry's son, Richard the Lionheart also made this town his home (when he wasn't off fighting somewhere) and he was killed in a nearby battle and buried at Fontevraud Abbey which is near Chinon. Legend has it that it was here that Joan of Arc met the future King of France and gained his confidence to lead his troops in battle. As if this wasn't enough history for this small town, this was also the place that the leaders of the Templars were imprisioned before they were executed. Jacques de Molay carved his name in the stones of his dungeon, and it can still be seen there. Since the glory days, history has passed Chinon by, leaving a very attractive small town with some incredible history and architecture, and of course the beautiful river. History can be thought of as a river, constantly flowing but always renewing itself.

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