Cracking the code.

Trip Start Apr 10, 2010
Trip End Apr 10, 2011

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Flag of France  , Centre,
Saturday, July 10, 2010

We left Paris in the morning, but were faced well and truly with the same static traffic which seemed lo last hours. When we were liberated (how French is that!) we began our road to Amboise where Jena's family had accommodation.

In the meantime we stopped in an amazing château called Fontainbleu, which was a royal mansion that was host to a number of kings, Marie Antoinette, and Napoleon! It was a decadent place that was literally dripping with money and ego. But was so spectacular to see.

Driving down more we passed a huge château called Chandon, where we later discovered that it had been designed by Da Vinci while he lived in Amboise. It was so colossal, when we first caught glimpse of it, it nearly knocked us over. We didn’t stay long, but got to look at it from a far.

We attempted to see 2 other chateaus in the afternoon but they seemed to be shut away out of view. There are actually hundreds of lavish homes everywhere with huge old stone walls guarding them. If I was a poor little frenchy in the day, perhaps even I would like to guillotine them aristos. They really were so far above everyone else.

In Amboise we finally came to rest at a little cottage BnB where we (Jena & Joel) slept in the parking lot, But alas we got water for bigwig! No one else seemed to want to give us any.

Joel ordered the cheese plate again, hoping that perhaps there was some cheese redemption from the last experience. But no. This plate may have been worse. It was how he imagines the bubonic plague tastes. He has now learned not to gamble with le frommage.

In the morning we all piled in bigwig to explore the town. It took us to a place called Château Du Clos Luce, where we had heard that Leonardo Da Vinci had some thingy… Turns out it was where he lived in his old age and the house he died in! The whole property was a tribute to all his wonderful inventions, studies and artwork. What an amazing man! No one could ever appreciate him too much.
In the afternoon we visited the Amboise Château, which is actually a huge castle. Up on the hill we were able to visit where the body of Da Vinci had been buried. The gardens and the castle were very beautiful and we took many opportunities to bask in the shade and marvel at the scenery. Amboise is beautiful.

The BnB host told Loren that this region is the best place to learn French as both the north and the south have accents when they speak. She knows this because she has "lived here her whole life" and here they have no accent. She apparently was very serious, not realizing any bias whatsoever. So, so simple.
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