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Sep 13, 2015 - Villandry and area

Slow start today because of the rain. Drove to chateau Villandry and the weather cleared up. This was probably the best of the lot. We stopped at Usse but were disappointed, too much of the grounds and chateau were roped off. It was the most expensive too! Well 4 chateaus are enough, when you've seen 4 you've seen them all. There is still plenty of cycling tourists here, I would hate to be here in the busy season. So far we have put over a 1000km on the car. We are checking out tomorrow and starting our drive to Nice staying somewhere...

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Sep 12, 2012 - Chateau Villandry

Left the hotel at 8:30 to meet our bus at a town square for a day of 2 chateaus. (This Loire Valley claims to have 1,000 chateaus!) After 1 ½ hr. ride through pretty rolling countryside we came to the village of Villandry with its chateau with the same name [Ville an dree]. The chateau, built in 1536 with little remaining by 1906 when Joachim Carvalle bought it and restored it, was nice...but...the attraction is the marvelous 16th century gardens he created! They rival Versailles (we think) in beauty; these have colorful flowers in many of...

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Aug 31, 2012 - Villandry and Tours

Ali wanted to have a quiet day today reading in the Loire, so I grabbed the car and decided to go see a few things which we didn't get the chance to yesterday. The first place I wanted to head to was a chateau called Villandry, which is renowned for it's beautiful gardens. The chateau itself is tucked away on the south side of the Cher River (a tributary of the Loire) by a km or so. There isn't very much to the town, a few shops and a very long car park. The chateau was originally built on the land where a fortress once stood. The new...

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Jul 6, 2011 - Chateau morning

July 6, 2011 Today is Chateau day. We ended the day yesterday visiting Chateaus, and we will spend most of our morning doing the same. The Loire Valley seems to have been the Hamptons of its time, with the King’s finance ministers and other nobility vying for the title of the best looking or largest chateau in the region. The claim to fame of the first chateau we visited, Villandry, is its gardens. We learned that French gardens are noted for their Baroque style in which they demonstrate man’s control over nature. Through trimming and...

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