Chateau La Touanne
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... were eating lunch the guy who owns the apartment came up. He didn’t expect us still to be here and was a bit taken aback! By this time the boys had emailed to say Europcar was taking ages and they thought they’d been half an hour more. So we told him we’d hopefully be leaving in half an hour. I don’t know what he was thinking but he was polite about it all! Half an hour or more went by and Kyria and I decided to move all the bags downstairs and wait ...
... later, it had 440 rooms, 365 fireplaces and 84 staircases, including a fabulous central double-helix staircase reputedly designed by Leonardo Da Vinci. Interestingly, the king found the place too draughty, and spent only 42 nights there during the whole of his 32 year reign! The crowning glory of this chateau is its incredible rooftop: a Tolkienesque jumble of peaks, cupolas, domes, spires and chimneys, all created out of stone and slate. Charlie was particularly taken with the trophy ...
Not quite so hot today as we had rain overnight but it eventually warmed to a very pleasant 23 degrees. It is raining again as I write this unfortunately as we have a walk to town to do and a light show at the Blois Chateaux to watch. We left our noisy campsite at about 9am and decided to split up. Mandy wanted to see one of the other big three chateaux and the rest of us wanted to get to the town of Blois and ...
... fabulous grounds and gardens and even more fabulous interior, well worth the entry fee. After this we had lunch at a creperie which was excellent, we both had blue cheese, mushroom and bacon crepes with a delicious white wine we had not tried before and ended up buying two bottles to take back. Probably not the best idea to cycle after vino but we considered the route back a safe one and it ...
... is beyond words. Took 60 years. How they hauled the rock up the cliff face was amazing. They had a massive wood wheel that 6 or so monks would walk in and that would wind a sled full of granite up an almost vertical slop that was about 80m high. We think we're so clever these days but what these guys were able to do... And the fact they weren't daunted by the time it would take or the effort. Very inspiring.
Once we left MSM we were headed for ...
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