Tuesday 11 May
We left our hotel in the heart of Amboise looking for our accomodation in Beaugency north. MarieAntoinette wanted to take us to the Toll Road so we had some diversions and finally got on the right road. Took longer than expected. She again took us to the very centre of the town, A few hairy moments as the streets wee so narrow. Tourist office people were nice and we found our accomodation which was all closed. Everyone stops fo lunch for a couple of hours. No surprise this time. We had lunch in the car It was bitterly cold. Where is spring? We are all set for camping!
Decided to find Chateau Chambord. We guillotined Marie Antoinette and used our maps. No problem and before long we entered the main gates. His land is larger than Paris city. There are 32 miles of high stone walls to keep poachers out. The grandeuer is incredible. We drove along an endless straight road and then at a small roundabout there she was. Absolutely masssive and grand. An amazing sight. The boys walked up the narrow road towards it. Chateau looked spectacular rising up from the haze above the moat.Free to explore beautiful grounds which we did but decided to go inside as we wanted to see the double-helix staircase reputedly designed by Leonardo de Vinci.Absolutely worth it.Kids intreged.After two and a half hours and many photos it was time to head back home.Still bitterly cold.:(