16 April 2010

Chateaux at Amboise

What an amazing structure the Chateaux was! Located on the Loire River, it was a grand sight! This was the first time visiting a castle for me and what an adventure. It was easy to imagine a princess standing on a balcony overlooking the river! The church holds the supposed remains of Leonardo da Vinci, apparently he was quite involved in Amboise and lived in another chateaux nearby. The formal gardens were spectacular, as was simple things like decorative floor tiles and ironwork on the doors! We really enjoyed our morning here...think I could get away with formal gardens in Macon? Maybe just a formal kitchen garden? I'm working up the plans as we speak!

Our train back to Paris was delayed a bit, so supper was a challenge...until Jamie and I went to the grocery!

We picked up the freshest eggs, haricot verts, lardons (almost like chopped bacon), Poilane bread and potatoes. We had some cheese, butter and herbs. Viola! 15 minutes and one of the best meals! A bottle of Chenin Blanc from Amboise (AOC Touraine) and we were settled in for the night! It was a beautiful day full of history, warm sunshine, great food and french culture!

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