Le Medicis Hotel
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... because an adapted version of them we have today! Da Vince never actually manufactured any of his inventions because he was so busy designing new ones. But, a company called IBM took Leonardo's designs, followed them precisely and made models of what they would have looked like had Leonardo made them! Some ideas you may recognize include a parachute, circular life buoy, flippers, a military tank and even a 3 wheeled car! Pretty amazing!
Having said that it is actually a strikingly beautiful building dominated by a wonderfully grand double helix stair case inspired by Leonardo da Vinci.
We enjoyed the cycle in the grounds and back to St Dye some 8km away.
Camping for free in a magical place. Just like being at home but surrounded by 2000 years of history. Biking is a delight on dedicated roads, way safer and superior often to the main road. A swim was great and these camp sites have very few bugs ...
... women from NC. One of the women lived along the outer banks and actually knew Buddy Davis - small world!
The chateaux were impressive - Chenonceau and Cheverny were the best. Chanbord was the biggest, but not as well maintained as the other 2.
Back in Amboise we had dinner La Reserve again - it was that good!
If you would like to see our chateaux pictures, click here
... very impressive from the outside but by the time we had lunch we didn't have time to go in. Lunch really isn't a quick affair in France.... In addition many waiters rely on memory and their memory often fails!
We arrived in Blois for the night and are staying in a nice hotel across the road from the Loire River. We went for a walk around the town ...