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Another gloriously sunny day in central France that we started out with a different kind of tour, 18 holes of golf at Club de Cheverny (http://www.golf-cheverny.com/?lang=en) Our tee time was at 11:00am and the course was wide open so they were able to get us out a bit early.
For those of you wondering, we did not take our clubs. We brought about a dozen golf balls, our golf shoes and gloves, and a few tee's. So now the stage has been set ...
Through Blois to chateau.
International garden festival
Beautiful gardens in grounds
Some didnt live up to description, a bit like some modern art
Moss garden - reminded me of alpine & gravel garden at Wairoa Street
Sculptures in parkland
Bit of a sleep in
Missed breakfast but did get cuppa & toast
Off to Chambord
Immense walled park -bigger than centre of Paris
Impressive sight when see chateau come into view
Huge, amazing, show of power, crazy roofline
Double spiral staircase
Sandwich - not so quick after all
Chambord liquer.. yum! Cute bottle
... plenty of color through out the gardens. Rosemary, honeysuckle, roses and many other flowers filled the gardens with a subtle fragrance. While taking pictures in the garden we chatted with another couple from Bellingham WA. This is the third or fourth couple we have chatted with from Washington State.
We went inside and this time decided on a self guided tour with the help of our guide book. The Chateau was fairly busy as this is a Saturday so there are ...
... checked out the town and the chateau. We also found the place where Leondardo Da Vinci had lived for a while, but it was unimpressive. The next leg wound thru farmlands, vineyards and gorgeous villages. No sooner had we left one village, than we were heading into the next. We had lunch beside the river, just as it started to rain. By the time we got our coats on, and our waterproof covers for our panniers, it had stopped. The sky still looked ominous, and sure enough we got ...