Ibis Styles Chinon
Travel Blogs from Chinon
... 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 ...
... lovely. The walk alone up the tree lined pathway to see the chateau in the distance was magical and breathtaking. Honestly this place is simply amazing. The chateau itself Is smaller than Chambord but more elegant and interesting inside filled with more wonderful furniture and tapestries and several original tiled floors. For me it's the outside of this place that is the real draw card. You could wander the grounds and gardens for a whole day or play hide and seek ...
... was great. We also caught the glass elevator up to the top of the hill to have a view over Chinon and to see the area around Chinon Castle - we did not go into this castle as we have many to visit over the next three days. A wander through the old town followed then a walk back to our hotel.
11:15pm, just returned from dinner. For dinner tonight, we were meeting friends of our Australian friends (Mary and Phil) at our hotel and then walking to ...
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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