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We set off early from Beaune to start the drive to the Loire Valley. Our first stop was Chateau de Chambord. This huge palace was first built by Francis I, King of France at the time that Henry VIII was King of England. Ben noticed that the castle had a moat and inside a special winding staircase (a double helix). On the ceiling, Ben and Jon noticed a fire breathing lizard (a salamander which was the emblem of Francis) and big letter ...
... would call stairs, more like a concrete ladder.
Our upstairs room was tiny, but very charming and the neighbouring bathroom was a triumph of compact design, especially the shower. Like much of the Loire region, there was an abundance of flowers, especially roses, in both public and private areas. There was also an abundance of crops in fields ranging from tiny to medium large. These included grape vines (for wine), wheat, corn for cattle ...
... Garden is symbolised by different layouts for "Tender Love", "Passionate Love", "Flighty Love" and "Tragic Love". Box trees form the patterns in these gardens and if you had to place all the box trees on the estate end to end they would measure a distance of 52 km and they all have to be pruned between April and October each year. Mind boggling!
The Water Garden is centred on a large pond (in the form of a Louis XV mirror ...
... is the kitchens.
Amboise is the next stop for a light lunch, a stroll through town and then the rest of the afternoon to explore Amboise Castle. On the way out I buy a couple of bottles of red and we all have dinner (pizza!!) in the Chateaux gardens. ...
... off the engine I was so fried, I just sat there for about 10 minutes not moving, in the dead silence, by myself.
You know how when you take something really hot off the stove you set it aside because its too hot to deal with and it just sits there and radiates excess heat for sometime?? I felt just like that, breathing slowly and radiating off the stress. A short metro ride later I was home.
Great weekend, crazy end. Driving in Paris - check! Do it again?! Leave ...