Tuesday afternoon we arrived in Blois at about 4 pm. We settled into our apartment and went to visit the Royal Chateau of Blois. We thought this was an amazing building inside and out, until we hit the road on Wednesday to visit the Chateaux Cheverny and Chambord. Cheverny is one of the smaller chateaux, but it didn’t have any royal connection. Internally, the rooms were sumptuously decorated as they would have been in the 16th
century. However, Chambord was absolutely fabulous to look at from the outside. Yet internally, there were only a few rooms in period décor; the rest were more like a museum. On Thursday, we visited the Chateaux Chenonceau and Amboise. Chenonceau was fabulous inside and out. It was furnished in the period style of the day. We then spent some time in the formal gardens, farm and vegetable gardens and the labyrinth. We then moved on to Amboise. This chateau looked more like a fortress, built high above the city of Amboise, but two-thirds of the original chateau had been destroyed. One of the surprises here was Leonardo da Vinci’s tomb in the chapel. The chateaux we liked the most were Chambord and Chenonceau. Tomorrow, we
leave for Sarlat-de-la-Caneda in the Dordogne region.
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