From Motor Racing to Chateux
Trip Start Jun 05, 2011
51Trip End Jul 26, 2011
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Le Chateaux Rideau
We then drove through a lot of rain and then some dry areas to Le Mans
On to the Loire Valley (a lot to see today as we hadn’t planned to spend so long at St-Michel). Our first stop was Chateau of Chambord - which is one of the biggest in the area started in 1519. It’s amazing feature is double helix staircase that takes you from the ground to the top floor. Lee and I went on a different staircase, so we couldn’t see each other going up or down and our paths did not cross.
We then travelled down to where we were staying at Azay Le Rideau, passing through some lovely places with churches and chateaus hugging the Loire River, such as Bois and Amboise. Azay Le Rideau has an interesting little chateau as well, but we were too late to go in - we enjoyed a walk around the town and over the bridge where the beautiful colourful summer flowers were hanging in baskets. I guess in this area you could get “chateued out” like you can get “cathedral out”! It is also a lot warmer in this area than where we were at the coast - 26 degrees! Back to shorts!!
I love looking and exploring the little village towns with the steep cobbled stone streets, stone houses directly on the streets, churches, chateaux and brightly coloured flowers as a whole package!!