Hotel Le Monarque
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... were eating lunch the guy who owns the apartment came up. He didn’t expect us still to be here and was a bit taken aback! By this time the boys had emailed to say Europcar was taking ages and they thought they’d been half an hour more. So we told him we’d hopefully be leaving in half an hour. I don’t know what he was thinking but he was polite about it all! Half an hour or more went by and Kyria and I decided to move all the bags downstairs and wait ...
... catacombs of which were worth exploring. We ate dinner at an Italian restaurant in the middle of a plaza, where the locals were a little subdued, as the French football team had just been beaten in the world cup by Germany! Then we visited the Chateau Royal de Blois for the nightly son et lumiere (sound and light) show, which dramatically depicted the chateau's rather turbulent - and sometimes gory - history. By the time that was over, it was almost 11.30pm - a very late night for us!
... under a shady tree with a glass in hand. Unfortunately it was right beside a railway line! We hoped the trains would diminish during the night, but that wasn't to be! We ate dinner in the garden of a local restaurant, where we were delighted to see 5 huge hot air balloons pass low overhead. We retired to the camping ground and, as it was still too hot to sleep, sat outside - until the beastly mozzies chased us indoors.
Our study abroad group took a trip to see Chenonceau, a beautiful castle on the Cher river. It was amazing to see in person and it might even be my new favorite castle over Villandry (the one with the gorgeous gardens). We took a tour of the castle, and after we had the opportunity to take a row boat out in the river. I went ...
... find some hardier fare for his lunch!
Along the way I had been seeing signs for village (vide greniers) meaning "empty attics". We finally came upon one so truth #2 "junk is junk in any culture". The whole community was out and it was fun to see and rest our rears for a while.
We are really enjoying all the wonderful food and local wines along the way but the medieval city of Chinon was a particular highlight. Werner's choice of hotel was spot on - ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Le Monarque Blois
Hotel Le Monarque is a good hotel except for two areas. Firstly the WiFi does not reach many of the rooms. Saw a few guests sitting in or near the lobby using their computers where they had access. Secondly, the bicycle storage area was not secure. It is an open area at the side of the hotel. The gates are shut at 10 pm. Also the bikes are out in the open without shelter.
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