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We set off early from Beaune to start the drive to the Loire Valley. Our first stop was Chateau de Chambord. This huge palace was first built by Francis I, King of France at the time that Henry VIII was King of England. Ben noticed that the castle had a moat and inside a special winding staircase (a double helix). On the ceiling, Ben and Jon noticed a fire breathing lizard (a salamander which was the emblem of Francis) and big letter ...
On Saturday morning we packed up Lynn and Phil's house (well, to be fair, Lynn, Phil and Jackie did. I sort of hung around) in anticipation of the later arrival of the Caen apartment owners who did a house swap with Phil and Lynn.
By 8.15am we were away in the superb Skoda Superb and Lynn's racy Peugeot 308 cabriolet to Dover. We got there and waited below the white cliffs for our ferry to Calais. Totally unlike the Barcelona experience, this was ...
... stop was a coffee fix for Glyn to settle the nerves before a walk to the patisserie to buy our salad-filled baguette and a raisin pastry for our lunch.
Villandry was built in 1536 by Jean Le Breton, Minister of Finance. In 1754 the Marquis de Castellane (the King's Ambassador) purchased the chateau and had it redesigned to meet 18th century standards of comfort. It remained in the family until 1906 when the chateau was ...
Alan not well. After breakfast - which was the best we've had this trip - we drive to Chenonceau on the Cher River. It really is an amazing place - a fairy tale castle and a bridge over the river. We walk through the gardens and explore the chateaux. ...
... something for Eli to eat as he hadn’t had any lunch yet.
We headed outside towards the gardens. These were so beautiful, I hadn’t seen anything like them before! Very neat and well ordered. You should check them out on google earth. They would look really good from above! It was still raining so Eli didn’t want to hang around much as we also weren’t sure when Mike and Kyria would be waiting for us. However, we spied some golf carts that ...
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