Formule 1 Blois Nord
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... an entire meal, and dinner isn't too much later!
One group member sensibly begs off dinner, but the rest of us soldier on - forcing ourselves to enjoy the following menu: Entree: Red mujllet fillet with crispy skin, beans with chorizo bellota sauce. Main: Saddle & Sweetbread of lamb with scallions and potatoes, anchoiade dip. Dessert: Rose macaroon with red fruits, figs and mirabelle plums, honey and thyme sorbet. Such torture! :-)
Today is dedicated to da Vinci, who lived the last three years of his life at Clos Luce, and who is buried at Amboise Castle. We start with a visit to Clos Luce, built in 1471 and home of Leonardo da Vinci from 1516 until his death on May 2, 1519. He was the guest of King Francois I, who made this residence available to him plus a generous annual stipend in order that Leonardo would be free ...
... with truffled artichokes, spinach, sauce with Touraine saffron. Dessert: Green apple & Carambar candy, King of the Pippins candied with ginger. With the dessert come a plate of bite-sized cream puffs, chocolate mounds, and a drink made with fresh strawberries.
Everyone is delighted with the chateau, and from the first moment we can tell we are going to be great friends as we "tastefully" eat and drink our way through the Loire Valley!
... Loire chateau. An international symbol of the French Renaissance, Chambord is also known for its natural environment - the forest of 5,440 hectares (still used for hunting) and a surrounding wall 32 kilometres long. Chambord is the largest enclosed park in Europe. King Francis I was 25 years old in 1519 when he initiated the mammoth project to build Chateau Chambord which served as a winter hunting lodge. It has 77 staircases, ...
... on the Loire a Velo path heading east.
We have noticed the numbers of cyclists building over the last few days and found ourselves cycling along the boulevarde in Tours alongside a lovely French family of six - mum, 3 girls under 10 and dad towing trailer with luggage and a toddler on bike seat behind him. They were on a four day cycle trip to Chambord, not sure where they had started. We rode alongside them for a couple of blocks and I watched ...