Chateau de la Menaudiere
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Another gloriously sunny day in central France that we started out with a different kind of tour, 18 holes of golf at Club de Cheverny (http://www.golf-cheverny.com/?lang=en) Our tee time was at 11:00am and the course was wide open so they were able to get us out a bit early.
For those of you wondering, we did not take our clubs. We brought about a dozen golf balls, our golf shoes and gloves, and a few tee's. So now the stage has been set ...
Through Blois to chateau.
International garden festival
Beautiful gardens in grounds
Some didnt live up to description, a bit like some modern art
Moss garden - reminded me of alpine & gravel garden at Wairoa Street
Sculptures in parkland
Bit of a sleep in
Missed breakfast but did get cuppa & toast
Off to Chambord
Immense walled park -bigger than centre of Paris
Impressive sight when see chateau come into view
Huge, amazing, show of power, crazy roofline
Double spiral staircase
Sandwich - not so quick after all
Chambord liquer.. yum! Cute bottle
We started out the day with a drive to Amboise where our hosts had told us they have a large outdoor market on Sundays. We found the location with ease and the only challenge seemed to lie ahead of us....parking. To our delight a car pulled out of a prime location just as our search began.
After wandering about through the the town a bit we headed towards the banks of the river Cher where rows of tents were set up housing all ...
... blended with those of Flanders and Italy. In fact, the great Italian master Leonardo da Vinci is buried in the chapel at the palace. King Francois appointed him as "first painter, engineer and king's architect" from 1516 until his death in 1519. The king also gave him the Manoir du Cloux in which to live; we visited that house this ...