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Oct 13, 2017 - Chenonceau & Chaumont

We're still in Blois. I should explain, since I told you that we were taking a river boat. Right now we're on what is called a Pre-Trip. This is a side trip in addition to the main Normany trip. That's why we're on a bus exploring the Loire Valley. We'll get on the boat in a few days to start the main trip. We will also take a Post-Trip. This morning we visited the Royal Chateau of Blois. It is unusual in that it has 3 wings that were built by 2 King's and a brother. Usually when a new King arrived on the scene, he destroyed the old Chateau...

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Aug 11, 2014 - Chateau Chenonceau

Today we got up early (for a holiday!) and packed up our car and skipped the fantastic breakfast to head to one of my favourite places in France, Chateau Chenonceau. We've decided to leave early as Chenonceau is one of the most frequented destinations by tourists, with on average 3000 a day visiting. We wanted to make sure we got there before the other 2998 arrived. We were just about on track when we got there, with only a large group of cars for the staff, and 8 others at the entrance when we arrived. Chenonceau has a machine which...

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Mar 19, 2014 - Chenonceau

We woke to a very misty morning, which soon burnt off to a lovely blue sky day. We drove the 40km to Chenonceau, one of the most famous of the chateaux of the Loire Valley, and known as the Ladies Chateau since it was the home of (amongst others) two of the most powerful women of 16th century France; Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici. There is a big carpark here, so there was no problem parking Homer, and there weren’t many other visitors here. We spent almost 3 hours at this beautiful spot, mostly in the chateau itself which is...

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Sep 3, 2012 - Chenonceau

Ali and I had saved possibly the best chateau until last. We woke up this morning to head to the chateau known as the "Château des Dames", or the ladies chateau. The chateau was only a short drive from where we were staying, about 10 minutes. Our hosts at Manoir du Parc had told us how magnificent the place was, but advised us to either get there for opening time, or 1 hour before closing, as they get over 6000 people a day. This may not seem a lot, but when we actually saw the size of the chateau, 6000 a day could make things very...

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May 2, 2011 - Chenonceaux, France

On our way to Chenonceaux, we spent another overnight at a France Passion place - a small vineyard in the town of St, Romain sur Cher. The proprietor was able to converse with us easily. He told us the French name (boule-de-neige) of the lovely "snowball" bush in front of his wine cellar, which is in the process of being expanded. He also told us that Obama had announced the killing of Osama-bin-Laden, realizing that we would be out of touch with the world news as travelers in a camping car. After a pleasant and restful night, we headed to...

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