L'Hostellerie du Chateau
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We set off early from Beaune to start the drive to the Loire Valley. Our first stop was Chateau de Chambord. This huge palace was first built by Francis I, King of France at the time that Henry VIII was King of England. Ben noticed that the castle had a moat and inside a special winding staircase (a double helix). On the ceiling, Ben and Jon noticed a fire breathing lizard (a salamander which was the emblem of Francis) and big letter ...
... the daughter with an American accent. We chatted very easily and happily whilst making our purchases and having them beautifully gift wrapped. One amusing comment from the husband was that they work as a team - he using his head whilst his wife uses her feet!!!! We would have loved to have stayed longer in Chinon, but we had a time line in order to return the car by 5:00pm in Tours.
Driving on we went first to ...
... and is the only one of its type in the world.
We arrived back in Blois and stopped at the train station to confirm our tickets for tomorrow as there have been all sort of hassles with taxi drivers blocking access to the major airports and rail stations - protesting about Uber taxis cutting in on their territory. Besides which there has been a suspected terrorist incident in Paris resulting in more security and ...
... with the architect’s wife near Amsterdam. We found a Dutch couple who happened to be leaving Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port the same day I wanted to leave, and they are driving in their camper. I will be catching a ride with them, and I should be in the Netherlands by Saturday evening. I have my companions to thank for arranging this free ride for me. Without it, the trip would have been a complicated combination of three trains and ...
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