La Maison De L'Argentier Du Roy
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... King Francois fell in love with one of the paintings Leonardo had brought: The Mona Lisa. Francois gave Leonardo a nice house which was Francois' boyhood home! That house is the very house that is known a Clos LucÚ! People also say that Francois looked up to da Vince a lot. The French king even called him "Father" and many known paintings show da Vince on his deathbed, with Francois holding his hand! You probably know many of ...
... so wife and mistress never met!) Built in 1515; 440 rooms, 365 fireplaces and 84 staircases, Hundreds of towers, lanterns and turrets( almost reminiscent of Gaudi in Spain) and so drafty, King Francis I only lived there 42 odd days in 37 years. Saw a lovely owl at the top of the helical staircase. Huge trophy gallery with hunting spoils and weapons from the 1900s. Back to camp, feeling we had spent our money well to see so much of the. "Chateaux Country" in one ...
Drove across more pretty county, more corn, sunflowers and grapes. Arrived at Tours. Booked our chateaux tour for tomorrow. Then went to find a campsite and have lunch. Set off for Amboise, where we went to Clos Lucé, a small chateau/country house built in 1590. It was given in 1516 by King Francis 1st to Leonardo Da Vinci. The latter spent his last 4 years there and died in 1519. ...
... a nice dinner at La Reserve.
Thursday 9/18 - today is our big sightseeing day in Amboise. The 1st order of business was to visit the Chateau Royal d'Amboise - this late 15th century chateau was the favored royal residence of Charles VIII.
After our chateau tour, we wandered through the narrow little streets and alleys of Amboise. We stopped for some lunch a great little sandwich shop. In ...