Villa Bellagio Blois
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... He painted for them for years. Suddenly, the French king at the time, King Francois I decided to take over Italy. Life was starting to get rough for all Italians so Francois wrote a letter to Leonardo and asked him to come to France for a kingly sum of money as well as a position painting. Leonardo obliged and setting off by donkey with a suitcase full of his things as well as 3 paintings he began his journey over the Alps. When he got ...
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 ...
... a nice dinner at La Reserve.
Thursday 9/18 - today is our big sightseeing day in Amboise. The 1st order of business was to visit the Chateau Royal d'Amboise - this late 15th century chateau was the favored royal residence of Charles VIII.
After our chateau tour, we wandered through the narrow little streets and alleys of Amboise. We stopped for some lunch a great little sandwich shop. In ...
... a different rider to the one we saw as this one had no protective gear on whilst the one we watched did have some.
Then we took an optional trip to a dinner out at a restaurant which has very good french food and which doesn't always open. A couple ran this place for years, retired - got bored and re-open on occasions .
Tomorrow we visit a ...