Hotel Mercure de Blois Centre
- Minbar in room
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Breakfast Available
- Swimming pool
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... started well sun out third day went on to Vouvray good site in middle of town quiet. Got bikes out Wednesday to go to Tours. Wine tasting at Chateau Moncontour in Vouvray ( Chris do you know them the guy knew of you? ) bought two bottles of wine. Been about 20 degrees so quite warm. First week over still learning. ...
The first part of my trip took me to Amboise, nestled in the Loire Valley. The drive reminded my of The Netherlands, it was so flat and green, you could see for miles around. Covered in beautiful Chateaux's with acres of vineyards the valley is a special place.
Amboise was on route to Bordeaux and I had heard some great things ...
... inside and out. This one had lovely views from the gardens of the Loire river. To be completely honest I have gotten all mixed up with which King and Queen lived here but I'm sure thee was a Henry or Louis or someone like that with some numbers after his name. Ok so I went back to my visitors guide and I was half correct, it started off with Charles VIII, then Francois I, then Henry II (I knew there was a Henry) and more Charles, Francois ...
... br> Then it was a quick hop down the road to our last château, the Château de Chambord. What an amazing building. For sheer full-blown architectural splendour, you can't top this. It is by far the largest, grandest and most-visited château in the Loire Valley. Begun in 1519 as a weekend hunting lodge for King François 1, it quickly snowballed into one of the most ambitious and expensive architectural projects ever attempted by a French monarch. By the time it was finally finished around ...
... pictures hung from the trees. The dogs were allowed in as long as they were carried and they were allowed to walk in the gardens.
We drove on to Saumur along the North bank of the Loire as I had been advised that this was more scenic than the south bank and one also got a good view of the Chateau along the way. Approaching Saumur from this direction you get a really exceptional view of its skyline and ...