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Azay-le-Rideau

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  • Day32

    Villandry and the End of the Pies

    September 21, 2019 in France ⋅ 🌧 23 °C

    Despite the severe risk of becoming repetitive, I will begin with a comment on the weather at the start of our ride. Once again it was absolutely perfect, without a single cloud to blot the sky. Although this is great for us, it is not so good for the locals who are becoming increasingkly concerned about the lack of water. Much of France is now suffering from strict water restrictions, and the rivers are only a pale shadow of what they normally would be at this time of the year.

    Our first challenge was to navigate our way out of Tours. This was made even more difficult by the fact that large sections of the main road were being torn up. We eventually made it to the bike path and were able to start making real progress.

    The main highlight of the day was the famous Chateau at Villandry and its even more famous gardens. This place really is quite beautiful and the gardens are sensational. The only other garden that comes even close would be Lothar and Celia's famous garden at Pakenham in Australia.

    Of course, while we were riding, we were also very conscious of another significant event taking place on the other side of the planet - the preliminary final football match between Collingwood and Greater Western Sydney. I could well imagine all those tattooed and toothless Collingwood supporters shouting their abuse at everything and everyone, and we could only hope that Collingwood would lose the match and put them all out of their misery.

    Towards the end of the last quarter we pulled aside to listen to the commentary. When the final siren sounded the death knell for the pies, there may have been tears of grief from the magpie army in Melbourne, but a resounding cheer went up from the Ghostriders thousands of km away on the Loire.

    We spent a couple of hours admiring the gardens and chateau at Villandry and marvelling over the fact that it is actually privately owned. By the time we were due to leave, the temperature had risen to around 30C and we were not relishing the thought of another 20 km in the hot sun.

    Although the path along the river was really quite beautiful, there was a challenging succession of climbs on the outskirts of Azay le Rideau that really made us sweat and sway as we climbed. When Gordon stopped to wipe the sweat from his face, Russell told him that there was really no need for him to cry like that. I guess that's easy to say when you only weigh about 50 kg.

    We were all very happy for the ride to end, and we were even happier when we realised that we had been booked into the very comfortable 4 star Grand Monarque Hotel. This building was built in the 18th century as a staging post, but it is now a lovely hotel. Our rooms were huge, probably the best equipped we had stayed in for the entire ride so far.

    Azay le Rideau is also home to a beautiful chateau, but it was a little distressing to see how the lack of water had reduced the water in the moat to a stagnant puddle. We happened to have arrived in the middle of a fete, complete with various performers and bands.

    Our meal was arranged for us at the hotel, where we had a private room exclusively for us. We are beginning to feel like royalty. We were even sent off to to sleep with a fireworks display.

    Finally, it is worth pointing out that today marked the official end of summer in Europe. Tomorrow will be the first day of autumn and also the first day that some rain is predicted to fall. It will almost be a relief from the continual sunshine we have had up till now.
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  • Day4

    Château Azay-le-rideau

    August 22, 2019 in France ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Von der Abtei aus fahren wir zum Wasserschloss Azay-le-rideau. In allen Reiseführern hoch gelobt, ein Must-see der Region,....

    Vor Ort angekommen, stellen wir fest, dass es der erste Parkplatz ist, für den wir etwas bezahlen müssen. 5 Euro für bis zu 3 Stunden. Mit 10,50€ pro Person schlägt der Eintritt zu Buche. Zusammengekommen mit 26€ unsere bisher teuerste Besichtigung.

    Von außen gesehen, sieht das Schloß 🏰 auch gigantisch aus. Zugegeben, der Wassergraben könnte etwas weniger veralgt sein, dann würde die Reflektion des Schlosses noch perfekter aussehen. Aber an sich macht der l-förmige Bau schon etwas her.

    Wir sind gespannt auf das Innere und folgen dem Rundgang. Hier setzt allerdings schon bald ein wenig Enttäuschung ein. Die Zimmer wirken bis auf wenige Ausnahmen nicht echt, sondern eher wie Ausstellungsräume, in die passende Exponate gestellt wurden. Echtes Leben oder Lebensgefühl vermitteln nur die wenigsten. Schade. Das haben wir schon deutlich besser gesehen. Aber vielleicht liegt es auch daran, dass Azay-le-rideau vom Staat verwaltet wird und daher eher museal aufgebaut ist und alle anderen bisherigen Schlösser, die wir besichtigt haben, in Privatbesitz waren. An unseren Rundgang im Inneren schließen wir einen Gartenrundgang an, aber auch der haut uns nicht aus den Socken.

    Ein kleiner Tipp am Rande: es gibt eine Reihe von Partnerschlössern. Wenn man eins davon besichtigt hat, erhält man beim zweiten Rabatt auf den Eintrittspreis. Also immer schön die Eintrittskarten aufbewahren und im Zweifelsfall nachfragen.
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  • Day5

    Domaine Plessis Gallu

    August 10, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Our home for a week. We are staying in a converted tower which is part of a château in the very picturesque town of Azay-le-Rideau. François and his wife Sophie purchased the Estate five years ago and began to renovate the main chateau as well as all the outbuildings.Read more

  • Day3

    Chateau Azay-le-Rideau

    September 16, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Weiter geht es mit einem wunderhübschen Schloss in der Loire-Region umgeben von Wasserspielen und kleinen Gärten. Das Schloss Azay-le-Rideau hat mehrere Zimmer die liebevoll eingerichtet und das damalige Leben zeigen. Ein Audioguide ist für den groben Überblick nicht nötig, alles wichtige ist in der Broschüre am Eingang beschrieben.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Azay-le-Rideau, Schloss Azay-le-Rideau, Castillo de Azay-le-Rideau, アゼ=ル=リドー城, 아제르리도, Asiacus Ridelli, Азе ле Ридо, 37190, Азе-ле-Ридо, Slottet i Azay-le-Rideau, 阿泽莱里多

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