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Travel Blogs from Yvoy le Marron
to the lovely Blois this morning, although it was a little
disappointing as the 'Musee de Magic' was not open. Should have never
told Ella about it as it got her excited! (It was the former home of
the French 'Houdin' who the American Houdini got his name from. But
we ended up exploring all the quiet backstreets of Blois, very quiet
and built into the hills so many ...
... so really cool as aspects of Medieval
Architecture, right up to the 19th Century. Very grand and outside on
the roof is a maze of wonderful turrets, chimneys etc. We said it was
where the fairies lived and Ella loved it, big discussions as to
whose was whose room! Another plus for the low season, this is packed
during the summer, but we practically had the chateau ...
... needed a couple of bottles as we aren't opening the boxes yet.
Finding the aire was fun. We needed to be near Vierzon or Blois and chose an aire in Mery sur Cher. Coming off the motorway, sat nag directed us to turn left. All that did was take us back down to where we had come from. Try again!
This time it was easy to find the aire. Sadly the entry gate was broken - so we ...
... after checking out (there was no one at reception again, so I slid our key under the door) and plugging our destination in to GPS Jane, off we went. It was about a 4 hour trip to Blois, but it was a really nice drive, definitely the most scenic of our trip. We tried to stop in at our luxury, Formula 1 hotel on the way, since we drove past it, with the intention of getting some info on the local chateaux, but once again, their reception was only open at ...
... and is easily accessible from the town. Before entering into the chateau, ventured in to the chapel where Leonardo di Vinci is buried then an initial stroll in the gardens to see the magnificent views of the town, river and surrounding area. The chateau itself was incredible, built above the Loire river the panoramic views over the Loire Valley are amazing and it is registered as a World Heritage site by Unesco. The site of the chateau dates back to the Iron Age and the ...