Balladins Blois Sud/Saint-Gervais
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- Breakfast Available
- Non-smoking hotel
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
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We begin our day with a city tour of the city of Tours - once the capital of France. There is a University here, and a youthful vibe mixed with well-restored antiquities (of the architectural sort). Our leisurely ramble through town concludes at the City Hall, and a lovely lunch at Cafe L'Univers just across the street.
Our original afternoon schedule called for a short bike trip along the Loire River, but half of the group is not interested ...
... to paint and design his marvelous inventions. The chateau and gardens are stunning, and sprinkled with samples of da Vinci's art and his ingenious creations.
We enjoy lunch in a troglodyte cave restaurant in Amboise and then continue to Amboise Castle, the first architectural expression of the Renaissance in the Loire Valley - built in the 15th and 16th centuries. Leonardo da ...
We bid Adieu to Paris today, with the entire group together for the first time aboard a high speed train (TGV) to the town of Tours in the Loire Valley. We are in first class, of course, and traverse about 235 km in a little more than an hour! Why can't we have trains like this in the US?
We meet Catherine at the Tours train station. She is from the area, and will be our guide for the next six days. She takes charge right away, and is ...
So I left Reims (with 2 bottles of champagne in my bag), overnighted in Paris and then caught the TGV to Tours and then the little branch line to Amboise to meet Helen and Mark. Having been picked up I was settled in at our lovely accommodation (www.larestrie.fr) and we headed out for the afternoon to explore Amboise and the Chateau Royale d'Amboise. The Chateau was home and birthplace of several French kings and ...
... at a nearby table and asked if one of them would take a photo of us. They were both very friendly and told us they are from Atlanta, Georgia. We talked with them for awhile, exchanging stories of where we've been and where we're going. While Ed and I were eating our food, a local French lady was walking by. She stopped briefly beside our table and said, "Bon Appetit!" What an unexpected delight!
It was raining steadily by the ...