Hotel Mercure de Blois Centre
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- Minbar in room
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Breakfast Available
- Swimming pool
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... make a quick program change and hop in taxis to the nearby Chateau de Villandry with incredible gardens. Everyone is delighted with the decision, and we get plenty of exercise climbing and walking in this expansive locale.
All benefit of exercise is erased, however, as we return to Tours for a stop at a wine cellar where we taste not only the fruits of the vine, but also local delicacies of cured meats and cheeses, with delicious bread. It ...
Today is dedicated to da Vinci, who lived the last three years of his life at Clos Luce, and who is buried at Amboise Castle. We start with a visit to Clos Luce, built in 1471 and home of Leonardo da Vinci from 1516 until his death on May 2, 1519. He was the guest of King Francois I, who made this residence available to him plus a generous annual stipend in order that Leonardo would be free ...
... informative, filling us in on the history of the region and the sights as we drive another 20 km to the town of Amboise.
We reach our chateau at about 6:30pm, and take time to freshen up before meeting for our welcome party in the beautiful lounge. After introductions we proceed to dinner which is a culinary delight. Entree: Quail and Foie gras terrine with spiced bread, marmalade with buckwheat and red currants. Main course: Fillet of ...
... decided it was time for a haircut (his usual ‘buzz cut’) and we eventually found a hairdresser who could do the job there and then. With the first upstroke of the clippers we discovered that a French #2 does not equate to an Australian #2 – about a quarter of the length in fact! Ivor’s not quite a skinhead, however will need to rub sunscreen on the noggin for the next few days. The poor man doing ...
... antlers over 6,000 years old from an ancestor of the elk which was found in the Siberian ice fields 200 years ago. The antlers are hung at the actual height of the animal! The château's immaculately manicured gardens (including seemingly endless pathways of beautifully raked gravel) were a sight to behold, and we both came away feeling quite wowed. We were also pleasantly surprised at the lack of people - after our experience the day before we were expecting crowds, but they did not ...