Fran on Holidays last year

Fran on Holidays last year
Vino at Mercatello

Friday, October 12, 2012

Leaving Amboise

Our last day and I'll be sad to say goodbye to Steve as he leaves tomorrow.

Today we went to the BIG one - Chambord - a giant of a Chateau. Rather too large and certainly too cold. Even the owners - over the years a few kings and assorted relatives - decided to only spend a minimum of nights there. One said there were too many mozzies in summer and it was too cold in winter. Despite its beautiful grounds and imposing size I tend to agree.
We also visited Boise - a rather nice town on the river Loire further upstream from Amboise.
Then in the afternoon went to Cheverny - a modest , by comparison , chateau still owned by the same family. It's rather beautiful and practical and I could imagine living there. Apparently the family still live on the upper level, but I think that's a bit of a story as the place is open 365 days a year and they would never be able to escape the tourists or let their 3 children run around on the lawn. Again the gardens are lovely but with tourists all over it would be a little difficult to ride your bike around if you were a kid!

Our last evening, we visited Chantal, the owner of our little house, known as " the little blue door"  anyone coming to this area I recommend you stay here. The views across the river to the castle are magic.

Tomorrow we are up early - for us , as we have been sleeping in till around 9 each day. I hope the Harrison's are not going to rush out each day from our Paris flat before at least 10!

Keep the emails coming , as I like to get the news. 

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