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Travel Blogs from Blois
... a large section of the castle was under scaffolding (par for the course for us on this trip – it seems like everyone renovates monuments in low tourist season). The gardens were composed of mostly just flat lawns; no flowers or interesting landscaping.
Chambord is gloomier than the other castles we have seen. The grounds around it are vast and plain, and the castle itself is huge and surrounded by high walls. The ...
... there is up top – from the ground, all you see is castle, and it looks huge, but the actual chateau only accounts for a small part of the grounds. There were lots of gardens and lawns, a da Vinci monument, a chapel, and other buildings. We toured the castle, which was neat, but not nearly as fancy as Chenonceau. Although, if you lived here, you’d probably prefer the views! Because of its elevated position, the views from the castle and ...
... drove through some snow. Not enough to get out the snow chains, mind you. However, by the time we stopped at a service centre for gas and lunch, it was sunny again, and the temperature had risen to almost 10°.
We got to our apartment in Amboise a little early, so we got in touch with the host, Chantal, and she was more than happy to let us in and show us around. She was a very warm and friendly person, and she spent a lot of ...
to the lovely Blois this morning, although it was a little
disappointing as the 'Musee de Magic' was not open. Should have never
told Ella about it as it got her excited! (It was the former home of
the French 'Houdin' who the American Houdini got his name from. But
we ended up exploring all the quiet backstreets of Blois, very quiet
and built into the hills so many ...
... so really cool as aspects of Medieval
Architecture, right up to the 19th Century. Very grand and outside on
the roof is a maze of wonderful turrets, chimneys etc. We said it was
where the fairies lived and Ella loved it, big discussions as to
whose was whose room! Another plus for the low season, this is packed
during the summer, but we practically had the chateau ...