The most famous son of Chinon, François Rabelais, the earthy humanist Renaissance writer, lived in town on rue de la Lamproie. (A plaque marks the spot where his father practiced law and maintained a home and office.) The museum in his honor, just outside the hamlet of Seuilly 5.5km (3 1/2 miles) west of Chinon, was an isolated cottage at the time of his birth. Spending the early years of his life here profoundly affected the writer, and the area served as inspiration for parts of his most famous work, “Gargantua.” Exhibits are spread out on the three floors of the main building, in the dovecote and the wine cellars, each area dedicated to an aspect of Rabelais, his times, and his role in Chinon. It is still an active vineyard, producing 4,000 bottles of excellent wine that would do the writer proud.
Musée Rabelais–La Devinière
Our Rating Hours Daily Apr–June 10am–12:30pm and 2–6pm; July–Aug 10am–7pm; Sept 10am–12:30pm and 2–6pm; Oct–Mar Wed–Mon 10am–12:30pm and 2–5pm Phone 02-47-95-91-18 Prices Admission 5.50€ adults; 4.50€ students; free for children 6 and under Web site Musée Rabelais–La Devinière Other Just outside of Seuilly off the N751; from Chinon, follow the road signs pointing to Saumur and the D117
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