|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.