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... because an adapted version of them we have today! Da Vince never actually manufactured any of his inventions because he was so busy designing new ones. But, a company called IBM took Leonardo's designs, followed them precisely and made models of what they would have looked like had Leonardo made them! Some ideas you may recognize include a parachute, circular life buoy, flippers, a military tank and even a 3 wheeled car! Pretty amazing!
Cash only at the B&B so off to the bank for the money. Our next stop Beauregard chateau, obligingly closed in the morning from , you guessed it October 1 , a pity because it was on out todo list but time did not permit a return.
Ambiose was a town with a nice chateau perched on a bluff above the Loire river , the view was worth the admission ticket alone .
Chenoncheau one of the 3 "C" big names was our final stop for the day quite magic , ...
... in WW2. Beautifully furnished, with a nursery full of toys and the birthing room with cot etc. This chateau is the model for Tintin's adventures with Captain Haddock! We had thought there was to be some wine tasting, but this was an alternative to seeing the chateau, so we missed the wine. On to Chambord, the Loire's largest and most visited chateau. Truly vast, 4 wings modelled on Maltese Cross, mostly unfurnished and with Da Vinci's double helix staircase in ...
... and peaceful house is set in Parc Leonardo Da Vinci. Here he finished work on his 3 favourite paintings, including the Mona Lisa. A copy of this hung in one of the rooms, much larger than the original that we hope to see next week. In the basement were numerous models of his inventions. The grounds and gardens were lovely, and more models were round every corner. Flying ...
... as I would suspect, throughout much of France, a sandwich shop is never just a sandwich shop - its a great sandwich shop, a pastry shop and a mini cafe/bar rolled into one.
After lunch we walked up the hill to visit Chateau du Clos-Luce. It was the home for Leonardo da Vinci. He came here in 1516 to accept a position at the request of Francois I. He died here in 1519 and is buried in the chapel on ...