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Travel Blogs from Chaumont-sur-Loire
to the lovely Blois this morning, although it was a little
disappointing as the 'Musee de Magic' was not open. Should have never
told Ella about it as it got her excited! (It was the former home of
the French 'Houdin' who the American Houdini got his name from. But
we ended up exploring all the quiet backstreets of Blois, very quiet
and built into the hills so many ...
up frosty and cold (trying to scrimp on what gas we have left!) we
got on the road to the biggest and best chateau of the Loire Valley:
Chambord! The pics say it for themselves really, but it was quite
amazing although very cold inside! They were not so clever as the
bigger the rooms/higher the roofs, the harder to heat! Was built in
the 15th ...
Once again a lazy start to the day but eventually we got on the road to Amboise! This is a very very pretty town with a lot more upmarket troglodyte living! Very hip. But the main highlight here was 'Clos Luce' Leonardo's last home for 3 years of his life which was a big ...
... had over 3 glasses...and that's before 11am! He took us through the incredible caves where barrels are left in a perfect temp to age. Really fantastic as it was a Chateau and all the stone was quarried from those caves, leaving tunnels and smaller homes, still had all the alcoves for pigeons to use as messengers. We got to our campsite nice and early to chill...this moving about can be hard ...
It was back to back croissants for breakfast this time from the baker across the road before we hit the road. We pulled into the old port city of La Rochelle just as the Sunday morning markets were getting into swing. The town turned out to be a nifty find......solid stone block buildings line the streets and cover the sidewalks, the old port entrance is guarded by two medieval towers and the markets were full of cool ...