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May 7, 2014 - Chinon

May 7, 2014 Breakfast this morning was typical European...but all homemade!! The croissants were just out of the oven, the jam was homemade (5 different kinds!), fresh organic apple juice, fresh fruit, and fresh yogurt and goat cheese. Short bus ride to our first chateau...Villandry...famous for its symmetric geometric gardens (10 acres). Spectacular...can only imagine what it will be like by mid-summer! We did see a slide show that took us through the seasons. There are 10 full-time gardeners! Villandry was the last great Renaissance...

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May 6, 2014 - Chinon

May 6, 2014 Breakfast, final packing and on the bus at 8:30. The sky is cloud-filled and it is trying to rain on our parade...but only forecast for the morning. Cathedral bells sending us on our way. The area we are traveling through is called the " grainery" of France. Miles and miles of rapeseed and wheat fields dotted with small villages. Passing by huge grain storage facilities, wind turbines, quarries, and wheel lines. Several people have spotted pheasant but I haven't actually seen any yet. Had a girl's only stop just outside Amboise...

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Sep 11, 2012 - To Chinon

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...

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Jul 7, 2012 - Crazy Chinon

Shortly after leaving Azay de Rideau we came across a “bonus” chateau, not on the official tour - Chateau De La Chatonniere. Unfortunately it was not yet open, but it was still a bit of a find... Our second stop was the Chateau D’Uss – an almost magical castle that borders the Chinon forest. It was built in the 15th and 16th centuries on the foundation of an 11th century fortress (built by a Viking). The writer Charles Perrault stayed here sometime during the 17th century – inspired by the romantic features of the chateu, he wrote “Sleeping...

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Tour de France

Oct 20, 2011 - Yesterday was one of those travel days that only movies are made of

What started out to be a day of travel from Chinon, France to Paris, France turned out to be the MOST challenging day of our trip so far. Starting in the morning we had a series of events that included both good news and bad news!!!! Let me begin... The plan...doing laundry, visit the one of the Chateau's I stayed in 10 years ago with during my trip with Zach, drive to Paris...turn the rental car in, taxi to our hotel... Laundry...good news: with some help from a french woman we figured out the machines, water temp, soap, cost, heat...etc....

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Oct 18, 2011 - Our days in Chinon, France

Gee, we just can't keep our feet on the ground as we soared over the Loire valley and viewed a chateau and country sides from our hot air balloon ride yesterday. A fun way to see beautiful sites. I started yesterday walking the streets alone and reminiscing. I found a few of the building I remember but it all seemed so much bigger when I was 8 years old. I hope my pictures can show all I saw. Then we did our balloon ride about an hour away from Chinon. We made a wrong turn on our way home that cost us an hour of travel time and extra toll...

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Jul 5, 2011 - Leaving Paris and headed south to the Loire Valley

July 5, 2011 Today we left Paris for the south of France. We have a small bus, but because we only have 24 in our group we all have plenty of room. We headed south to the Loire Valley to the city of Amboise. Here Francis I, King of France arranged for Leonardo da Vinci to move from Florence to Amboise France in 1516. Leonardo set up shop at Clos Luce, a chateau near the castle at Amboise built originally in 1471. For 200 years, from 1490 to 1690, this chateau served as a royal residence and summer residence for kings of France. And it...

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May 2, 2011 - Chinon and St-Emilion

After leaving Chenonceaux, we drove through some more of the Loire Valley and stopped to spend the night in a lovely medieval town called Chinon. We stayed at the municipal campground with a view of the fortress across the Vienne River. Note that Jose refers to it as the Loire River in one of our video clips, which is pretty accurate since the Vienne merges with the Loire near Chinon. We walked around the town and had tasty dinner in one of the restaurants. Beef Bourguignon for Jill, Steak et frites for Jose, and a fantastic appetizer of...

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Aug 8, 2007 - Loire Valley

Yesterday we left Paris bright and early and headed for the Loire Valley, land of extravegant old chateaux, quaint little villages and good red wine. We are staying in Chinon, a small and un-touristy little town known for being the place where Joan of Arc came to convince the future French king of raising an army against the British. The town square has a large statue of her on horseback trampling one of the cursed English. The hotel we are staying in is also a small winery and makes all its own jam. At breakfast there were freshly baked...

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Apr 25, 2007 - Chinon in the Loire Valley

We had an enormous day, yesterday, coming up from the Dordogne to the Loire Valley. Fortunately, one of our heavy cases had been delivered by Brian. We handed back our little car, altered our Eurails for Tours, rather than Avignon, then travelled by train, from Bergerac through a connection at Bordeaux. On arrival in Tours, we changed trains for Chinon. At every stage the Eurail pass was accepted, altered or exchanged without demur. We arrived about five thirty, to be collected by Brian who delivered us to our home in the Rue du Grenier a...

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ANNE and TASH'S TRIP

May 15, 2005 - Chinon, Loire Valley

Today's entry will be lesson in comparative writing, since we all wanted to write about the same thing. Sandra first; Chinon is a town that boasts many famous visitors. Not including us, there have been Joan of Arc, Richard the Lionheart and Francois Rabelais to mention just a few. We didn't come here for this reason but to see a small section of the Loire Valley and check out a chateau or two. We woke up to a beautiful sunny day and decided to rent bikes so we could ride to a neighbouring village to see Chateau Usse. It felt great to be...

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