Holiday Inn Blois Centre
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- Wireless internet connection in room (free)
- Wireless internet connection in public areas
- Reduced mobility rooms
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Non-smoking hotel
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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 ...
... to paint and design his marvelous inventions. The chateau and gardens are stunning, and sprinkled with samples of da Vinci's art and his ingenious creations.
We enjoy lunch in a troglodyte cave restaurant in Amboise and then continue to Amboise Castle, the first architectural expression of the Renaissance in the Loire Valley - built in the 15th and 16th centuries. Leonardo da ...
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 282 fireplaces. Francis I reigned for 31 years, during which he only spent 32 days in total at Chambord!. It was his son Henry II, and Louis XIV who were both fond of hunting that made it look the way it is today. Certainly a spot for photographers and Ivor had a wonderful time as did hundreds of other keen ‘snappers’.
We hopped back on the bus en-route to the 100 acre property Chateau de Beauregard. This ...
... on their bikes as they approached any intersections. Obviously well trained up for the trip, slowing right down and looking both ways they seemed very confident in the busy environment of Tours. What an adventure for those kids!
After leaving Tours we had a pleasant cycle on good surfaces either beside the river or along the hillside through fields, pastures and vineyards to our destination, Amboise. Amboise is a hub for touring the most ...