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Travel Blogs from Azay-le-Rideau
Once again a lazy start to the day but eventually we got on the road to Amboise! This is a very very pretty town with a lot more upmarket troglodyte living! Very hip. But the main highlight here was 'Clos Luce' Leonardo's last home for 3 years of his life which was a big ...
... had over 3 glasses...and that's before 11am! He took us through the incredible caves where barrels are left in a perfect temp to age. Really fantastic as it was a Chateau and all the stone was quarried from those caves, leaving tunnels and smaller homes, still had all the alcoves for pigeons to use as messengers. We got to our campsite nice and early to chill...this moving about can be hard ...
... But Fate had it's way! We founf another place! Essentially this region has the highest concentration of Troglodyte Caves in Europe. Troglodyte as a Man Made Cave for Living. They would take the Stone (like limestone) for building all the wonderful buildings and live in caves (and some do still to this day!). And THESE particular caves, as many in the area do are for the production of Mushrooms, due ...
We left the pousada in Queluz at 8am to drive the 16kms to Lisbon airport for a 1130am flight. Plenty of time. Wrong. An hour and forty minutes later we arrive at the airport to return the rental car. At times we were dead stopped on a six lane highway. We are told this is the normal traffic in Lisbon. The Portuguese are friendly folk, but not very organised. Couldn't pour **** out of a boot if the directions were written on the heel.
Once at ...
Decided on a circular trip taking in Chinon, Saumur and Tours. In Saumur parking was in short supply as it was market day but had a walk around town and lunch. On then way back to the car saw the guests at a wedding coming out onto the street so someone was definitely having a good day! Brief visit to Tours included a walk around the centre and ice ...
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