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Arrondissement de Tours

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  • Day427

    No plans for today, so we stayed in at the farmhouse and did work. Finished my blog posts, edited some video and the usual. The wifi here is quite poor, which is great for keeping me focused and on track! Though it's a bit disconnecting, especially when we're so used to being online all the time.

    Late in the day our hosts who lived in the main house (we were essentially in a granny flat studio out the back) asked us in for dinner, which we accepted! They had some relatives staying next door (someone's brother-in-law, their wife, and another friend), so all up there were seven of us! They could only speak limited English and we can only speak limited French (though our hosts are pretty bilingual), so it was an interesting evening but we managed!

    Generous servings of local wine, chicken and rice, French cheeses and home-made cookies - we both ate and drank a little too much! But it was good fun, and we managed to have a discussion with the others about their trip to Australia a few years ago - they are motorcyclists, and did a riding holiday from Melbourne to Cairns!! Mostly through the outback though, not via Sydney. Definitely felt my French was better on leaving than arriving, that's for sure!
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  • Day6

    Chateau de Chenonceau

    June 18 in France

    This portion of France is littered with Chateaus that we would might usually mistake as castles. Maybe it's just semantics, but these are places where kings would spend the summer or celebrate special events. Often times this is also where their royal extended family would live. The next one we visited was Chenonceau.
    It's design was different but just as impressive as Amboise, if not more. It is located away from the city in a heavily wooded area on the river Cher. Any other day, I would be itching to hike or canoe. The weather was beautiful. Who am I kidding I was itching to do so, but alas.
    The gravel drive leading up to the chateau was long and tree lined, which framed the building nicely as we approached.
    But first, was a sign for a maze that the kids and I couldn't resist to try. We each grabbed an entrance and began our way to the center. It wasn't nearly as difficult as I had hoped, but once we made it, we took the time to take more pictures. It didn't help that the hedges were four feet tall.

    We had lunch on the grounds before the tour. The cafeteria was housed in what once was the carriage house and stables.
    The Chateaus bedrooms were furnished in period furniture and pictures of those that inhabited there. The kitchen's in the lower level had large fireplaces where the food was cooked and one room had a more recent, yet still old, massive wood burning stove. That part of the building was over the Cher river. There was a rope system devised to haul water and supplies from the river below via the window. A more updated system had a hole in the ground for the same purpose and a pump for water.
    The portion of this chateau that I liked the most is the gallery, and not the inside, but the outside. The view of the river running underneath it is beautful. It was built in 1577 upon an existing bridge that crossed the river on the backside. A hospital was set up here, and in much of the Chateau, during WWI by the owner, a politician and owner of a Chocolate factory. The Cher river was the dividing line of occupied and free France. The front door was occupied and the back side was free. That enabled the resistance to pass people to freedom. It's a miracle it was never bombed.
    The story of one of bed room is interesting. The widow of King Henri III, who was assassinated by a monk in 1589, had her room painted black with symbols of death and sorrow painted throughout. It was too dark in there to see much and was under some minor repair.
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  • Day6

    Day of the Chateaux

    June 18 in France

    Today is dedicated to the Chateux of the Loire Valley.
    We began by finding that the restaurants in Amboise were closed until noon on Monday, so we found a Carrefour City, bought bread, brie, butter, raspberry and apricot jam, orange juice and "chowed down" like a bunch of hungry tourists.
    By the way, using the parking payment machines is difficult at best. Spent way too much money and came away even more confused, even with instructions in English.
    First stop, chateaux Amboise. The beauty of this chateau sitting high agai st the Loire River, is really difficult to define. Add to this that so much of the original buildings, bulwarks and walls are gone, it is still impressive.
    We jumped into our Ford van (VERY COMFORTABLE for six adults and all our luggage), and made the short trip to Chateaux Chenonceau. This is by far our favorite chateau. It is not the largest (visiting Chambord tomorrow on the way to Paris), it does not have the largest gardens. What it does bring is "location, location, location." The chateau sits in a forrested area and spans the river Cher. It sits magestically within the confines of the forest, giving it a secluded feeling. The city of Chenonceau is about a mile away, so the chateau doesn't have the buzz of noise of Amboise or Blois which sit in the center of thier cities.we ate lunch out side so we could take in the view of the trees, chateau and the beautiful gardens. The burgers are wonderful and the fries are excellent.
    After taking many pictures, we drove back to Amboise and toured "Clos Luce" the home where Leonardo DiVinci spent his last years. It is filled with his drawings, paintings, water colors, inventions and thier plans. There are mock-ups of some of his inventions and video's play on monitors showing how the devices worked. From the garden, you can see the chapel, on the grounds of the Chateaux Amboise, where his body lays.
    We ate for one last time in Amboise, with thoughts of traveling north to Paris, after visiting the Chateaux Chambord.
    I hope sleep comes quickly.
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  • Day6

    Leo's House

    June 18 in France

    Chateau du Clos Lucé.
    Our next and last tour of the day was Chateau du Close Lucè is just down the hill from the Chateau D'Amboise. You can see it off in the distance through the window of the bedroom of the owner.
    If you remember from earlier, Leonardo Da
    Vinci was buried there. Close Lucè is where Leonardo lived the last three years of his life. It was built in 1471 on the foundation of another 12th century building.
    King Francois I loved Leonardo's work and invited him to come live in Amboise and commissioned his work, inspiring the Renaissance movement.
    I knew that he was an artist and sculptor, but I had no idea he was an engineer, architect,
    and inventor. The whole bottom floor of this chateau was dedicated to his inventions. There were journals and papers with his notes and sketches.
    He was ahead of his time and designed the first tank, automobile, airplane, helicopter, swing bridge, and the parachute just to name a few.
    IBM had even produced some of the models using materials from that time.
    By the time we finished there, it was time for dinner, so it was back to Amboise, where we ate across the street from where we ate the night before. It was called the Anne de Bretagne.
    We had some obnoxious people around us. First, two locals who wouldn't move there chairs away from our table while they drank their wine. They didn't want to be in the sun I think. Then three American girls who cackled a lot. Adam photobombed one of their selfies. I would love to be a fly on the wall when they catch that. We would end up seeing them the next day st Chambord as well.
    It would be our last night in Amboise, so we celebrated with Gelato also.
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  • Day6

    Chateau D'Amboise

    June 18 in France

    Today did not start off exactly as we had planned. The plan was to grab breakfast at a pattiserrie just across the street from the Chateau in Amboise. For some reason that we still don't know, nothing was open on this Monday morning.
    We found a little grocery store and bought some fresh bread, butter and jellies and ate right on the Loire river. An elderly couple walked by smiling and said bon appetite.
    We then walked up the hill to the Chateau D'Amboise. The "castle" that dominates the skyline of the town of Amboise. There is a picture is from the lobby of our hotel.
    Several generations of kings and their families either lived or visited here. In fact, King Charles VIII was born here in 1470 and most of the construction occurred here under his direction around 1491 - 1498. 75% of the Chateau that he built still survived today.
    One of the kings who ruled during this time was known as the salamander king. Not a very attractive I'd say.
    There are tapestries here that are older than the United States themselves.
    The most notable aspect of this place is that Leonardo Davinci is buried in the chapel.
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  • Day10

    I LOVED the Royal Chateau Amboise, A+. What I loved was that it was charming, spectacular chapel (they say that Leonardo da Vinci's bones are buried in the chapel but I guess there is some question about that) gardens, view of the city and river below, use of stone, curl·i·cue spires and chirping birds.

  • Day4

    Normandy

    June 16 in France

    Today was overcast and cool along the French coast in Normandy.
    Of all things, we started our day off by eating at the "Golden Arches." The French version isn't very different than the USA, but there are subtle differences. The biggest complant is "no ice" in the drinks.
    We then toured Lounges-sur-Mur. This location has several large German gun emplacements, two of the 155mm guns were still in place. This unit did very little damage as it surrendered the day after "D-day."
    Omaha beach memorial -this is my second visit and it still moves me. 10's of thousands, on both sides gave thier lives in that first few days. The museum is very entertaining and explains the events in the two years leading up to D-day.
    When touring the US Cemetery, located just up the Omaha beach, what catches your eye is the number of crosses (Cross, Star of David, etc.) It seems like it goes on forever.
    The cemetery is just east of St. Laurent-sur-Mer. The site covers 172.5acres and contains the graves of over 9,000 American War Dead, most of whom died during the landings and ensuing operations.
    We next visited Sainte-mere-Eglise, got lunch and took pictures around the church. This city is so commercized that it tends to lose its importance.
    We drove to Pont du Hoc. This site is covered in craters from bombs delivered by US aircraf. The importance of this site for the Germans was the main lookout for the southern Normandy beaches.
    We finished the day with dinner in Bayeux
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  • Day25

    Port Saint Avertin (2)

    August 7, 2016 in France

    France and August....outside the main cities everybody takes a couple of weeks holiday, almost impossible to find an open shop on a weekend. Shouldn't complain the weather is perfect at the moment (maybe too warm?) so I'd take time off too if I could - hang on, I have.

    Took a ride through the country side, not that busy on the smaller "B" roads which is just well. Driving through small towns can be an experience, the streets sometimes just blend into each other and trafic lights can be hard to read - small and if you pull up at the stop line you can't see them at all, thank god for the helpful french drivers (and their horns) behind you letting you know when it's time to go.

    Some pics of a river and me.......

    Off to Caen tomorrow, then Amiens.

    Cheers
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