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Chateau Azay le Rideau is a masterpiece of 16th century Renaissance architecture

It sits beside the River Indre

Several of the rooms had fabric wall coverings

Elaborate plasterwork and huge fireplaces

Many large tapestries

Even so the chateau felt rather austere to me

Back to Chinon with its castle on the hill above the village

I thought this a charming house on our walk

Joan of Arc and her horse look almost frantic!

Meanwhile we're pretty mellow at the wine tasting

It was only a 25 min. ride to the town of Azay-Le-Rideau [Aahzay ler ree dough] to see its chateau by that name. We toured the 19th century Renaissance structure, starting with an audio guide we soon stopped using and just walked through. (The numbering in the chateau was confusing and listening to it slowed down the traffic flow so a lot of us gave up.) This chateau was a bit of a let down after having seen Villandry earlier.

We had time in Azay Le Rideau to walk the tiny village to find a tiny boulangerie [boo launger aay] (bakery) for a lunch special: 1 sandwich, 1 boisson (drink) and 1 pastry for 6,80 euro (about $8.00). A good amount of food for a reasonable price plus we sat next to a couple from England. They are RVing to Spain so we had a fun visit with them.

Back to Chinon. Our bus took us to the chateau on the top of the hill overlooking town so we could see it from the outside and the view. After that we were not proud; we took the free elevator down to street level rather than walk umpteen stone steps down. (We did enough narrow circular stone steps in the chateaus today.) We walked around the charming town of Chinon a bit, found a grocery store for supper foodstuffs and returned to our lovely room to relax. At 6:00 there was a wine tasting event led by the hotel owner. He was quite a character; he even gave us a quiz at the end of his talk! I missed one answer.)

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