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Chinon is not very touristy but should be - it is charming

With some very interesting architectural style

Several half-timbered homes remain

 

Along with more recent plaster ornamentations

Just look at the Baroque touches on this mansion

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Some inviting courtyards to be glimpsed

Joan of Arc is part of the town's history

A glimpse of the fortress atop the hill above the village

Fountain in the town square

Lovely old bridge in town

More pretty lace curtains to add to my collection

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This restaurant struck us as a bit out of place

Hotel Diderot (our room is 2 top left windows)

Pretty entrance

Our breakfast room; where we'll have wine tasting, too

Stairway (our Room #1 was 2 flights up and no elevator!)

Lovely large room with beautiful antiques!

Armoir matched bed, dresser, and 2 bedside tables

Dessert at tonight's dinner was a sample of creme brulee, flan, and...


With some sprinkles on the bus windshield we headed into the thick of Paris rush hour traffic at 8:30. What a mess! So fortunate we are headed out of the city; we passed miles of crawling traffic trying to go in.

Our first stop was the village of Amboise [aah boiss] for lunch before traveling on to see the beautiful Chateau Chenonceau [Chen on sew] which we'd seen before. (We stayed on the bus and read.)

From there to Chinon [She no] and our quaint hotel for 2 nights. The bus could not negotiate the narrow street leading to Hotel Diderot so we carried our luggage a couple of blocks and then up 2 flights of stairs. We had a charming large room and bath; amazing antique armoir with matching dressers, double bed head and foot boards and 2 round night stands! Even had a table and chair plus 2 ladies chairs – unusual amenities in a 2-star hotel. (This building was built in the 1500s for monks; refurbished in 1950's for a hotel.)

After leaving our luggage in our rooms Patrick led us on a tour of this lovely old town with very narrow cobblestone streets (few sidewalks!). Lots of architectural styles dating from the 800s onward.



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