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Today we said good bye to our French hosts and head to Tour for the night. I really wanted to spent at least one night here as I had built myself up to visiting while back home and I'm so glad we did. We arrived around lunch time and spent the afternoon wandering the streets and shopping, it is a beautiful town just like most in central France. I spend far too much shopping I think I am all shopped out now my bag ...
... because an adapted version of them we have today! Da Vince never actually manufactured any of his inventions because he was so busy designing new ones. But, a company called IBM took Leonardo's designs, followed them precisely and made models of what they would have looked like had Leonardo made them! Some ideas you may recognize include a parachute, circular life buoy, flippers, a military tank and even a 3 wheeled car! Pretty amazing!
... and peaceful house is set in Parc Leonardo Da Vinci. Here he finished work on his 3 favourite paintings, including the Mona Lisa. A copy of this hung in one of the rooms, much larger than the original that we hope to see next week. In the basement were numerous models of his inventions. The grounds and gardens were lovely, and more models were round every corner. Flying ...
Having said that it is actually a strikingly beautiful building dominated by a wonderfully grand double helix stair case inspired by Leonardo da Vinci.
We enjoyed the cycle in the grounds and back to St Dye some 8km away.
... of all the places we’ve seen so far, this was the most disappointing. It focused more on the building than on Leonardo ... but maybe our expectations were wrong.
Finally, Chateau De Chenonceau, a beautiful chateau cleverly built across the River Cher. It has stunning gardens, beautiful paintings, Flemish tapestries, and a very interesting history.
Our feet are throbbing, and we’re tired, so it must have been another good day!