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A more relaxed start today as we left Orleans about 10am for Chateau de Chambord. This chateau is huge compared to others like Chenonceau. The buildings are located on a massive estate of 5440ha that is surrounded by a national park. There are 426 rooms, 282 fireplaces and 77 staircases. Not all the rooms are open for viewing, otherwise we ...
... the side view and the river and the gardens....wow!
Simply, the attached photos don't do justice to reality. The interior of the Chateau was also difficult to record in photos - the rooms were beautifully restored.
We drove on to Orleans late in the afternoon and had a perfectly French meal in a restaurant close to our town centred ...
Orleans is a lovely city.
Now we all know of Joan of Arc, but you have to read up a little to really know what she did.
I'll leave the reading to you, or you can ask Gary G, as he will probably know the whole story anyway. Most surprising is how young she was.
... of reaching for humor) We finished our round in about 3 hours, a very good pace considering we were walking and stopped at a hole for a bite of lunch.
We had no intention of visiting another Chateau today but, since we finished so early and the Chateau de Cheverny (http://www.chateau-cheverny.fr/en/) was only about a half of a mile from where we played, we decided to check it out. The Chateau has been in the hands of one family ...
... at her death in 1431.
25 years after her death the then Pope pronounced her innocent of all charges and declared her a Martyr. She was made a saint in 1920 and is one of the patron Saints of France.
Well history lesson now over we took the tram into the town, and it was a lovely place, very clean and orderly apart from the river banks which were still suffering from the recent flooding.
The Cathedral is really old and is currently undergoing ...