L'Oree des Chateaux
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... an entire meal, and dinner isn't too much later!
One group member sensibly begs off dinner, but the rest of us soldier on - forcing ourselves to enjoy the following menu: Entree: Red mujllet fillet with crispy skin, beans with chorizo bellota sauce. Main: Saddle & Sweetbread of lamb with scallions and potatoes, anchoiade dip. Dessert: Rose macaroon with red fruits, figs and mirabelle plums, honey and thyme sorbet. Such torture! :-)
... to paint and design his marvelous inventions. The chateau and gardens are stunning, and sprinkled with samples of da Vinci's art and his ingenious creations.
We enjoy lunch in a troglodyte cave restaurant in Amboise and then continue to Amboise Castle, the first architectural expression of the Renaissance in the Loire Valley - built in the 15th and 16th centuries. Leonardo da ...
... with truffled artichokes, spinach, sauce with Touraine saffron. Dessert: Green apple & Carambar candy, King of the Pippins candied with ginger. With the dessert come a plate of bite-sized cream puffs, chocolate mounds, and a drink made with fresh strawberries.
Everyone is delighted with the chateau, and from the first moment we can tell we are going to be great friends as we "tastefully" eat and drink our way through the Loire Valley!
So I left Reims (with 2 bottles of champagne in my bag), overnighted in Paris and then caught the TGV to Tours and then the little branch line to Amboise to meet Helen and Mark. Having been picked up I was settled in at our lovely accommodation (www.larestrie.fr) and we headed out for the afternoon to explore Amboise and the Chateau Royale d'Amboise. The Chateau was home and birthplace of several French kings and ...
... putting it out there - we are now Chanpagne fans...particularly Verve Cliquot (colloquially know as Verve, but as that is the French word for Widow...it is better to include Madame Cliquot's name in there).
We met with our cool host Vanlentin, the man who eats pretty much only bread, cheese and pasta - typical....who called some Champagne houses for us to visit.
Reims, pronounced Rhance, is the home to Tattinger, Pommery and the aforementioned Verve Cliquot, but also ...