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Our Visit to Chinon
After much difficulty in renting a car at the Paris airport we headed to the Loire Valley with the intent of riding bicycles between chateaux. As much by happenstance as anything else, Shar chose Chinon as our location and the Hotel Gargantua as our accommodation. With a name like that how could you go wrong? …
... Finally we took a boat ride on the Seine river to see why Paris is called the city of lights! I am always sad to see my trips come to an end but I will treasure the memories of seeing France for the first time again through their eyes. Even though I know the students will be so glad to be home, I know they too will miss this place and this experience that we shared together. They should all be very proud of themselves as I am proud of them! It truly was a "Bon voyage"! ...
... during the 17th century. The castle exterior was just like being in Disneyland, but it is a real castle, not a fake replica like the American version. We toured the castle and climbed the tower where the bad fairy resided that placed the princes in the spell to sleep for 100 years (as stated in the fable).
After touring the castle we were hungry and ready to eat our picnic. We found a nice small park next to a river to eat ...
... it open. He also showed me the trick to it, so now I think I'll be able to manage it!
We went to the chateau at Villandry this morning. The point of visiting Villandry is not the chateau but the gardens. In fact, most of us didn't really look at the interior of the castle at all. We did walk through just to get to the tower, which has a terrific view over the gardens. There are four jardins d'amour that you must see from up above in order ...
... in the square outside the monastery, I never did see who owned them, wouldn't it have been funny so see some French farmer come out in his overalls and drive away, but I seriously doubt that. Gosh it is really quiet in these tiny villages at this time of year on a Sunday, sometimes it is as if you have the place to yourself, occasionally you will fine a small French child playing on his bicycle and always ready to have ...