Hotel Balladins Blois Peage Express
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... an entire meal, and dinner isn't too much later!
One group member sensibly begs off dinner, but the rest of us soldier on - forcing ourselves to enjoy the following menu: Entree: Red mujllet fillet with crispy skin, beans with chorizo bellota sauce. Main: Saddle & Sweetbread of lamb with scallions and potatoes, anchoiade dip. Dessert: Rose macaroon with red fruits, figs and mirabelle plums, honey and thyme sorbet. Such torture! :-)
... have upgraded to deluxe rooms and junior suites. All are spectacular, and some have views of the castle, and others have views of the Loire River.
A quick run into town for purchases of scarves and chocolate, plus a needed shot of caffeine. This evening we celebrate the birthday of one of our tour members. Not likely that Tom will ever forget this celebration in this special place!
... with truffled artichokes, spinach, sauce with Touraine saffron. Dessert: Green apple & Carambar candy, King of the Pippins candied with ginger. With the dessert come a plate of bite-sized cream puffs, chocolate mounds, and a drink made with fresh strawberries.
Everyone is delighted with the chateau, and from the first moment we can tell we are going to be great friends as we "tastefully" eat and drink our way through the Loire Valley!
... and is the only one of its type in the world.
We arrived back in Blois and stopped at the train station to confirm our tickets for tomorrow as there have been all sort of hassles with taxi drivers blocking access to the major airports and rail stations - protesting about Uber taxis cutting in on their territory. Besides which there has been a suspected terrorist incident in Paris resulting in more security and ...
... through the hills passing by pretty villages. Probably the most notable place we passed through today was Chaumont-sur-Loire which again had its own chateau overlooking the river and gardens that are open from April to October. We are saving the rest of our chateau energy for tomorrow so did not stop at this one - are just so many chateaus one can see!
Tonight we are in Blois ( pron Blwa), an attractive (but confusing to navigate) town dominated ...