Hotel Du Mail
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... boys. As we were moving the bags the boys finally turned up – 3 and a half hours later. They were pretty annoyed with Europcar. It had taken 3 hours for them to get served when there were only 5 people in front of them. There was a lady in the line who complained – she was French Canadian. She said ‘it is French, you need to complain’! That’s pretty poor service. Apparently they were taking private calls, talking to each other etc.
... later, it had 440 rooms, 365 fireplaces and 84 staircases, including a fabulous central double-helix staircase reputedly designed by Leonardo Da Vinci. Interestingly, the king found the place too draughty, and spent only 42 nights there during the whole of his 32 year reign! The crowning glory of this chateau is its incredible rooftop: a Tolkienesque jumble of peaks, cupolas, domes, spires and chimneys, all created out of stone and slate. Charlie was particularly taken with the trophy ...
Not quite so hot today as we had rain overnight but it eventually warmed to a very pleasant 23 degrees. It is raining again as I write this unfortunately as we have a walk to town to do and a light show at the Blois Chateaux to watch. We left our noisy campsite at about 9am and decided to split up. Mandy wanted to see one of the other big three chateaux and the rest of us wanted to get to the town of Blois and ...
... fabulous grounds and gardens and even more fabulous interior, well worth the entry fee. After this we had lunch at a creperie which was excellent, we both had blue cheese, mushroom and bacon crepes with a delicious white wine we had not tried before and ended up buying two bottles to take back. Probably not the best idea to cycle after vino but we considered the route back a safe one and it ...
... the GPS was set to avoid tollways which is why we had such a scenic route yesterday. So had a much speedier trip today. Although we did pay for the privilege. 18 euro for one of the tollways.
Chateaux Chambord was a bit of a stress and apart from a rather awesome Central spiral staircase there wasn't much to look at. Didn't help that there was some kind of renaissance fair going on that involved a lot of shooting and some dog/frisbee ...
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