Grand Hotel du Lion d'Or
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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
... center of the maze. As quickly as the challenge was thrown out there it was taken back when Kathy realized that Jerry could see over the top of the maze walls giving him a view of the correct routes. (Being a little height challenged Kathy could not) Together we conquered the maze.
We stopped for some wine tasting at Les Caves Du Pere Auguste. The wine tasting room hostess was a young gal who spoke English fairly well. She was very engaging and shared with ...
... place to stay and explore the region from, so we were expecting a pretty ordinary place. This is not what we found at all when we arrived - it is quite a scenic town next to the river with a lovely shopping and eating district. So much so that soon after crossing the river and entering the town we stopped to enjoy lunch at a cafe on the edge. It also had an ice-cream parlor, patisserie, and chocolate making section (darn). We selected a cheeseboard and ...