Le Relais des Templiers
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A more relaxed start today as we left Orleans about 10am for Chateau de Chambord. This chateau is huge compared to others like Chenonceau. The buildings are located on a massive estate of 5440ha that is surrounded by a national park. There are 426 rooms, 282 fireplaces and 77 staircases. Not all the rooms are open for viewing, otherwise we ...
... the side view and the river and the gardens....wow!
Simply, the attached photos don't do justice to reality. The interior of the Chateau was also difficult to record in photos - the rooms were beautifully restored.
We drove on to Orleans late in the afternoon and had a perfectly French meal in a restaurant close to our town centred ...
... centre for a bit, and up to the cathedral, really nice bakeries around here, that make really nice quiches and great coffee.
Wanted to get into Paris early so didn't stay long but I liked this place, really nice.
Watch out for the trams tho, they are real quiet.
... dialect to a resident of her home town! She is his first Wenzhou-nese visitor in his thirty years in France.
Definitely a sign we are visiting the right parts of France so far :-)
Tomorrow we're off to give the kids a rest from history and architecture - Futuroscope, Poitiers which I expect will be exactly the opposite in every respect of our stay in Beaugency! But the kids will love it I bet. Swimming pool and all..
... cliffs with the chimneys coming from inside the rooms up the face of the cliffs – see photos.
On our way out of the Loire Valley, we visited one more chateau which was west of Tours, Chateau Ussť. This is a privately owned castle open to the public. The most interesting parts of the visit were the attic and roof areas, the stables in which there were many old saddles and horse drawn carriages and the wine caves built into the sandstone ...