Da Vinci and Chenonceaux
Trip Start May 21, 1988
90Trip End Aug 22, 1988
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Breakfast at fast food establishment. Actually quite good. Hit the road.
First stop: Amboise. Did not visit chateau but instead home of Da Vinci. Most interesting aspect was in the basement which displayed IBM-built models of his drawings (armored tank, parachute, airplane, car).
Second stop: Chenonceaux. Most lovely of châteaux. One wing built over Cher River. Lovely grounds, too. Rooms well-restored and furnished 16th century. Had picnic by moat outside walls. Fed ducks; were attacked by swans.
Third stop: Azay-le-Rideau
Fourth stop: Chinon. Walled city. Gaped at chateau from exterior. Still retains mediaeval shape.
Fifth stop: Usse. One tower devoted to random scenes from Sleeping Beauty (performed by mannequins) interspersed with mannequins depicting 19th Century life in the castle. Tour went through about eight rooms, a few with very strangely costumed mannequins. Not period at all. Strange. Haphazard.
Return to Azay-le-Rideau for delicious crepe dinner. Toll road back to Blois.