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Jun 27, 2018 - Another day in the Loire Valley

Another lovely day in France with clear blue sky and temperature in the low 30's. Today we enjoyed more chateaus. First was Chateau de Chambord, construction started in 1519, with Francois as king of France. Many kings followed till the revolution, when even furniture was sold off. Finally after many owners the French State acquired the Chateau. In the afternoon we visited Chateau de Chenonceau, only Karen had the energy to view the building. It was a lovely sunset again as we walked back over the Loire River.

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Jun 26, 2018 - Amboise

Today was only a short drive, arriving in Amboise by lunch time. Amboise sits on the river Loire and the region is the centre for many castles, palaces and chateaus. It's truly a beautiful part of France. Our accommodation is close to everything, with parking for the car. We are only 15 min walk to the town centre and the Chateau Amboise but as it didn't open until after lunch at 2pm, we decided to walk up Rue Victor Hugo firstly to see the troglodyte houses (cave houses built into the cliff used for hundreds of years) and then Le Clos...

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Oct 14, 2017 - Amboise

The weather has been beautiful; real fall days, cool in the morning and evening but a little warm in the middle of the day. No rain!!! Today is our last day in the Loire Valley. To make the most of it, the bus took us to Ange (pronounced anghay), to the Le Clos Roussely Winery. We stood in the vineyard while Jonaton told us about growing grapes in the Loire Valley. He then took us underneath the vineyard to the caves. The ground is made up of a kind of limestone that is soft and can be carved out to make caves. Being underground keeps the...

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Sep 9, 2016 - Day ten and eleven: amboise

We used our last two days to visit the chateaux of the region: the chateau d'Amboise and Cheneneaux. Both were stunning. We also wandered the town and discovered nice views from the cliffs above amboise. Our hotel was luxurious with a great king bed, nightly turndown service and a sitting area. Wednesday morning i enjoyed a jog along the loire before it got too hot followed by a solo coffee while eric slept in a little. What we didnt love in amboise was traffic. It was a horrible city to navigate and eric was intrepid in maintaining...

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Jul 21, 2016 - Louire Valley - Chenconceau, Close ALuce and Ambiose

We had another big day with a visit to a beautiful old Chateau de Chenonceau. It is one of the best-known châteaux of the Loire valley. The estate of Chenonceau is first mentioned in writing in the 11th century. The current château was built in 1514–1522 on the foundations of an old mill and was later extended to span the river. It is just beautiful and the rooms have been furnished with furniture of the time. Very lavish and the home was used as a holiday house. When they decided they wanted to go home, they just packed up all the...

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Jul 4, 2016 - Loving the Loire

Loved our home away from home here 1500 century chateau with amazing inn keepers and Sammy the coolest dog. Met some folks from IIreland who shared their impromptu dinner. Visited Leonardo's last home Chateau de Luce, was really interesting with many of his inventions there. Stopped at a great winery, fabulous sparkling rose for $6 !!!!!! Talked with winemaker about reading that 40% of crop was lost to late freeze .This area is more like 90% Hard to find any fruit on vines.Very sad. Had a few rose's from this producer a Melot,Cab,Cab...

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Aug 10, 2014 - Amboise market and Chateau Chaumont-Sur-Loire

Sunday in Amboise is expected to be wet, so we've decided not to deliberately go somewhere where the gardens are huge. We've also decided to try do what the locals do, and headed to the market along the Loire. In saying that, it is a bit deceiving as there's a wall and path separating the river from the stalls, but its as close as you can get. We decided to walk down to the river, rather than drive, as it is quite hectic looking for parking `when the market is on, and the walk is short in any case. We walked through the commercial district...

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Aug 9, 2014 - Visit to USSE and Azay-Le-Rideau

The hosts of our B&B had a nice breakfast of baguette, viennoiserie, filtered coffee and juices. It was certainly a big breakfast, and gave me lots of energy for the day ahead. This morning it was sunny and dry, and the weather forecast said that we could expect this all day, so I suggested we make our way to some chateau west of Amboise. There is a group in close proximity a bit further to the west of Tours, so I suggested we go there. We started off by driving along the Loire river, until we got close to Tours. I deliberately ignored the...

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Sep 9, 2013 - Amboise, France

Hi Slept in this morning, both Marg & I arose very shaky, luckily had ordered breakfast before hand so eventually had something to eat!! Got away about 10am, headed for Chateau Chaumont' sur Loire, this time we got good directions from another frenchman thanks to Marg's excellent French, took a bike path all the way to the Chateau and then onto Amboise ~ about 50km, but felt like 60. The Chateau was not as big as Chambord, but just as interesting, beautiful gardens and fantastic horse stables. The ride to Amboise was a slog up a number of...

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But's Euro Trip 2013

Aug 29, 2012 - Arrival in Amboise

Our drive from Vitre to Amboise was a fairly long haul, taking about 3 hours all up. I grabbed the wheel out of Vitre, and we were soon back on toll roads and doing 130km\h. The tolls in France are avoidable, but you tend to go a very long way out of your way to travel almost no distance, so we had given up on the idea before we really traveled anywhere of skipping them. We were basically going through some small hills, and some wooded areas (still no deer though!), on our way. The countryside is very pretty, but it didn't really seem all...

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Jul 4, 2012 - Vineyards!

Blois to Amboise Another fairly easy (45 km) ride today. We encountered a few more hills, and a few more cars, but still pretty sweet. The trails were all paved, the weather was great (dry and not too hot), we only lost our way twice, and we made it to Blois in very good time. Saw lots more vineyards todays as well as several fields of sunflowers (not yet blooming unfortunately). The grape wines are much smaller than what we saw in Italy and Germany – not sure if that is a function of the soil, the grapes they are growing, or a...

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Tour de France

Jul 3, 2011 - Amboise, Loire Valley

We were cycling on a backroad from Amboise to Chenonceaux on our way to see the Chateau de Chenonceau. The road was empty of cars and bicycles but ahead we saw a family of four. As we got closer we could hear them speak English and closer yet we could see their T-shirts which had many company logos on the back. One logo that caught my eye was ”Encana”. I knew they must be from Canada. “Where in Canada are you from?” I asked. “Alberta”” was the reply. “Where in Alberta”? “Edson”. Oh no! now I was going to have that Disney tune running...

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