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Travel Blogs from Orleans
up frosty and cold (trying to scrimp on what gas we have left!) we
got on the road to the biggest and best chateau of the Loire Valley:
Chambord! The pics say it for themselves really, but it was quite
amazing although very cold inside! They were not so clever as the
bigger the rooms/higher the roofs, the harder to heat! Was built in
the 15th ...
... after checking out (there was no one at reception again, so I slid our key under the door) and plugging our destination in to GPS Jane, off we went. It was about a 4 hour trip to Blois, but it was a really nice drive, definitely the most scenic of our trip. We tried to stop in at our luxury, Formula 1 hotel on the way, since we drove past it, with the intention of getting some info on the local chateaux, but once again, their reception was only open at ...
... the fortification of the site. Amboise, came into history in 503 and the chateau as we see it today in the 1500s. Got to explore some the rooms, turrets and walkways. Pretty cool! Then ventured out into the gardens = WOW absolutely breathtaking - I could have spent the whole day here and been happy. There were wonder trees they'd made into balls, so manicured and diving. Bushes of holly, and yep they are prickly. Just incredible. Made my way down to the gift shop ...
... in his workshop for the night. It was a huge space, covered with paintings, sculptures, theatre props and a cat. I was pretty happy with this arrangement. After sharing a beer Yannick had to go back and see his kids and I went to see Blois. He gave me the electronic key to get back into the compound on my return.
I came back and had another couple of tasty Belgian beers and lied there listening to the sound of the rain on the roof. Relentless rain.
... monuments inside are dedicated to the British and US servicemen who died liberating France.
We walked from the cathedral to the statue of Saint Joan in the main square, however they were reinstating the street cobbles so we couldn't get up close.
The old town in Orleans was worth the visit, having lots of shops selling antiquities (Bruce said junk!) but I liked browsing the stores anyway.
Definitely a town which is worth a visit for a weekend break.