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3 Days in the Loire Valley: Amboise

The Barefoot Blogger is off to explore the middle of France: the chateaus and vineyards of the Loire Valley.

Along with me on the three day adventure is my good friend Nancy McGee of Absolutely Southern France. The tour expert extraordinaire and I started out on the three day trip, including two days on either end, from Sete where I drove to meet her.

Our home base on this trip is an Airbnb ‘chalet’ in Amboise. From there we can easily reach more chateaus and wine than we can possibly cram into three days.

Chateaus and vineyards of the Loire Valley: Ambroise
Château Royal du Amboise

The Chateau Amboise is in the center of the charming city that shares its same name. The first  trenches of the château were built in the 4th century to defend the residents of the town.

Chateaus and vineyards of the Loire Valley: Ambroise
The château was the home and place to stay for the Valois and Bourbon kings. Charles VIII was born here.  King Francis and children  of Henri II and Catherine de Medici were raised here. Leonardo da Vinci, friend of King Francis, is buried on the property.

Chateaus and vineyards of the Loire Valley: Ambroise

Chateau Amboise

Chateaus and vineyards of the Loire Valley: Ambroise

Chateaus and vineyards of the Loire Valley: Ambroise

Chateaus and vineyards of the Loire Valley: Ambroise

Chateaus and vineyards of the Loire Valley: Ambroise

Chateaus and vineyards of the Loire Valley: Ambroise

The Chateau

Chateaus and vineyards of the Loire Valley: Ambroise

Chateaus and vineyards of the Loire Valley: Ambroise

Chateaus and vineyards of the Loire Valley: Ambroise

Chateaus and vineyards of the Loire Valley: Ambroise

Chateaus and vineyards of the Loire Valley: Ambroise

Chateaus and vineyards of the Loire Valley: Ambroise

Chateaus and vineyards of the Loire Valley: Ambroise

Chateaus and vineyards of the Loire Valley: Ambroise

Chateaus and vineyards of the Loire Valley: Ambroise

Chateaus and vineyards of the Loire Valley: Ambroise

Gardens at Chateau de Amboise 

Although it was an overcast morning, views of the gardens at Chateau de Amboise were dramatic.

Chateaus and vineyards of the Loire Valley: Ambroise

Chateaus and vineyards of the Loire Valley: Ambroise

Chateaus and vineyards of the Loire Valley: Ambroise

Bidding Chateau de Amboise “avoir,” the town of Amboise was next stop. 

Chateaus and vineyards of the Loire Valley: Ambroise

Chateaus and vineyards of the Loire Valley: Ambroise

Chateaus and vineyards of the Loire Valley: Ambroise

Chateaus and vineyards of the Loire Valley: Ambroise

Chateaus and vineyards of the Loire Valley: Ambroise

Chateaus and vineyards of the Loire Valley: Ambroise

Chateau Clos Luce and da Vinci

The small château, Clos Luce, is within easy walking distance of downtown Amboise. It was here that Leonardo da Vinci, the invited guest of King Francis I, lived between 1516 and 1519 when he died.  The castle itself houses over 40 of da Vinci’s inventions. An audio-visual presentation of his life and work, presented by IBM, instructs tourists as they move through the rooms.

Chateau Clos Luce and da Vinci

 

Chateau Clos Luce and da Vinci

(From this point I changed cameras. More photos later!)

A surprise at the wine cave

After a day of châteaux, it was wine time at the nearby wine bottler and merchant recommended in the Rick Steves travel guide.
Chateau Clos Luce and da Vinci
Chateau Clos Luce and da Vinci

Chateau Clos Luce and da Vinci

Chateau Clos Luce and da Vinci

Chateau Clos Luce and da Vinci

Chateau Clos Luce and da Vinci

Chateau Clos Luce and da Vinci

To our surprise, we met up with a most unexpected celebrity who, rumored to be depressed and somewhere in hiding, we persuaded to join us.

Brad Pitt

Stayed tuned… 

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5 replies »

  1. Love your “chalet” .. the castle in Amboise and the town below reminds me of Cinderella…..check out Le Shaker, a great bar

  2. Deborah you have me wanting to come back to France right this minute as this blog is just wonderful, especially the Cave and the wine bar. The Loire is a wonderful place and you and Nancy are doing it right. Keep on blogging as it is the only way for me to feel that I am still there enjoying the sites, wine, food and of course you great company–Hi to Nancy!!!

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