Hotel de France et de Guise
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We begin our day with a city tour of the city of Tours - once the capital of France. There is a University here, and a youthful vibe mixed with well-restored antiquities (of the architectural sort). Our leisurely ramble through town concludes at the City Hall, and a lovely lunch at Cafe L'Univers just across the street.
Our original afternoon schedule called for a short bike trip along the Loire River, but half of the group is not interested ...
Today is dedicated to da Vinci, who lived the last three years of his life at Clos Luce, and who is buried at Amboise Castle. We start with a visit to Clos Luce, built in 1471 and home of Leonardo da Vinci from 1516 until his death on May 2, 1519. He was the guest of King Francois I, who made this residence available to him plus a generous annual stipend in order that Leonardo would be free ...
We bid Adieu to Paris today, with the entire group together for the first time aboard a high speed train (TGV) to the town of Tours in the Loire Valley. We are in first class, of course, and traverse about 235 km in a little more than an hour! Why can't we have trains like this in the US?
We meet Catherine at the Tours train station. She is from the area, and will be our guide for the next six days. She takes charge right away, and is ...
... and army presence.
After repacking our bags back in the cottage, we settled down for our last casual dinner, with wines from the Loire Valley.
We have had a wonderful holiday and hope we have not bored you too much. We find keeping this blog is a good reminder for us of all the fun we have enjoyed and it seems to be a good way to keep in touch while travelling.
Au Revoir! See you all soon.
Ivor and ...
... chateau in the centre of town and not perched above the river dominating the skyline like many other towns we have visited. For this reason it is hard to locate and we spent some time trying to find it and our accommodation. This castle has been the residence of seven kings and ten queens of France and in the 16th century was often the resort of the French court. Other famous people linked to Blois include Joan of Arc who in 1429 made the city her base of operations ...