Some Like It Hot, Not Moi
Trip Start May 12, 2012
17Trip End May 29, 2012
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We got up at 7:30 and left by 8:15. We went to the bakery and got breakfast pastries and to the grocery store and got sandwiches and Paprika Pringles. Derek didn't get a sandwich, he opted to find something later. We drove and drove and drove through Auray, Vannes, Nantes and Angers. It got warmer and warmer and warmer along the way. It also got a lot more humid as evidenced by the haze we could see all around us. We stopped at a rest area to use the facilities and we stopped at another one along the motorway where Derek got a large sub.
We drove until we got to our first stop, Villandry. We found a picnic area and sat and had our lunch in the shade. Then we drove a little further down the road and parked to go see Chateau Villandry
Our next stop was Azay-le-Rideau Chateau a Renaissance Castle
Our final stop of the day was the Gardens of La Chatonniere. Rick Steves said they were bursting with color at this time of year. But they were a huge disappointment. The only part that was looking good was the Garden of Abundance. The rest of it looked like the gardeners had quit or something. Everything needed trimmed and weeded. Some of the bushes and plants were dead. It was really a waste of our time and money. The Chateau itself is not open to the public but it was in a very picturesque setting in a little valley. We were there for only about half an hour
We headed for Amboise (Am-bwaz). Derek decided to drive through Tours and not take the longer way around on the motorways. It was a great decision. We made it through easily and found a route to Amboise that went right along the Loire River. We had a little trouble getting to Hotel La Blason because of one way streets. Amboise is a charming city right on the Loire River. We parked in front of the hotel and unloaded and went to our room – no air conditioning. We are sitting here right now at 10:30 with the windows open (no screens) and a fan blowing on us. Our rooms are small as we are in a half-timbered building with open beams on the ceiling. The bathrooms look some kind of module you would find on a very small cruise ship. We dropped our stuff and laid down on our beds for a rest. It was 6:00 and an hour until we could go out for supper. Erin was finally hungry after 3 days of not eating much.
At 7:00 we left the hotel and headed to an area of outside cafes. We went to the one Rick Steves recommended but all of the tables outside were reserved so they seated us in the back. Well, it was so hot back there even with the ceiling fan going that we were sweating within 5 minutes
After supper we walked over to the river and walked up to the place where we could photograph Chateau Amboise which is right down the street from us. Then we walked the other way along the river. We sat on a bench and Larry and Erin sat on the wall to watch the sun go down. We stayed for most of it but left before it was done because the sun’s rays were no longer making a path over the Loire River. Trees were blocking it. We got some good pictures anyway, before it was down too far. When we got back it was time to get ready for bed and blog.