Amboise Day 1
Trip Start Jun 06, 2009
24Trip End Jul 07, 2009
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Interestingly, the chateau survived the French Revolution through the smart thinking of the incumbant female resident who placed firewood in rooms to give them the appearance of storage rooms
The stroll outside in the gardens was refreshing wtih beds of lavenders and pansies, and roses all in flowers, all in shades of pink amd purple. Then around the back to the farmhouse and stables where the vegetables and fruits were grown. It was lovely to discover new plants and trees that don't grow in New Zealand.
After Chenonceau we headed back to Amboise for lunch - a crepe for both Andre and me. We strolled around the streets for a while and then headed up to the castle the overlooks the town and valley. The castle was interesting but quite small. A surprise to me was to find the tomb of Leonardo Da Vinci, who apparently died in Amboise. The highlight was the spectacular views over the whole valley - quite breathtaking. We spent quite a long time taking in all the different vantage points and realised the strategic position of this castle - certainly no-one could sneak up on you by surprise.
As the day had heated up considerably, we headed back to the hotel to spend some time relaxing by the pool, doing a few laps in the vain hope we could burn off a few pounds, and thoroughly enjoying just sitting and reading a book in the sun. After all the food we have consumed the last few days we shared a baguette for dinner - definitely a cheaper meal than last night!