The highlight of the day was Chinon fortress. A major location for the French and English monarchy. The first three Kings to live here were English. It was a most impressive fortification explained to us by a lovely french women as our exclusive guide.
Today we have seen the most impressive of the Chateaus. The Chateau de Chenonceau is a beautiful building set over water surrounded by nice gardens. The Chateau has a checkered history with the King giving it to his mistress who was promptly kicked out by his wife after he died (not surprising). Then onto Amboise Chateau, another residence with a royal history, and has the claim to fame that Leonardo de Vinci died and is buried there.
We have been rubbing shoulders with royalty and perhaps it is starting to rub off. We are feeling a bit regal if in need of a bit a rest (especially poor Keith who is having trouble shaking a cough).
|The vegetable gardens in Villandry|
|Some layabouts in the gardens|
|The fire places were amazing|
|Morning tea! Can you guess who ate what?|