Chateau du Breuil
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- Swimming pool
- Free parking
- Pets allowed
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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 ...
Today is dedicated to da Vinci, who lived the last three years of his life at Clos Luce, and who is buried at Amboise Castle. We start with a visit to Clos Luce, built in 1471 and home of Leonardo da Vinci from 1516 until his death on May 2, 1519. He was the guest of King Francois I, who made this residence available to him plus a generous annual stipend in order that Leonardo would be free ...
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 ...
... clubs. Get that, clubs we are not used to. A half set for Kathy (one wood which was a 5 wood) Jerry had a driver and a 4 rescue. Yes, we did have a full set of irons between us and we got by.
Jerry played a pretty good round, it took Kathy about 8 holes to finally find her groove. We did note something about playing golf in France. After a bad shot and a foul word (yep they sometimes slip out) there is no need to say "excuse my French" ...
... huge number of very noisy hunting dogs still used by the Maquis for hunting in the grounds. The family even has a specially designed dinner service with a hunting dog on and the family arms. We didn't get too lost in the hedge Labyrinthe (maze) and of course the boys beat us out.
But the highlight of the tour was the Tintin exhibition on site. The Chateau inspired Herge's depiction of Captain Haddock's family home called Marlinspike ...