Chateaux, Cheese & Napolean
Trip Start Jul 27, 2009
4Trip End Aug 19, 2009
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Also on the Thursday afternoon, we visited the Chateau D'Usse (C15-16), which is said to have inspired the French author Charles Perrault to write the fairytale 'Sleeping Beauty'
The next day we visited another couple of Chateaux after leaving late morning (somebody didn't set the alarm properly...). Pat explored Chateau de Chambord and I paid almost 50 Euro (AUD 100ish) for a salad, glass of wine and tea with lemon... Really, I was paying for the privilege of being able to use Pat's laptop with an uninterrupted view of Chambord!
We visited Chateau de Chenonceau (C16) in the afternoon and were confronted by thousands of tourists, even at 4.30 Luckily by 6pm the crowds were starting to diminish (the Chateau opens until 8pm in Summer), allowing us to better appreciate its treasures. In fact, sunset was at about 9.30pm, after which the sky retains serene blue/purple hue which seems to characterise European Summer. I am struggling with the lack of sunlight on return to Melbourne!
On our last night in France, we had dinner at La Chanceliere in Montbazon, the village near our Chateau. It was recommended by one of Yvonne's (our Travel Agent) clients but unfortunately the oyster ravioli is a winter speciality. Nevertheless, the food was superb.