Day 100: Chateau Chambord and Amboise, Loire Valley, France

Day 100: October 30th

Day 100! We made it this far… And without any big mishaps along the way!:) We still have a week to go before we get home. We’re happy to have achieved this milestone on our trip. Can’t believe we’ve been traveling this long…feels like we only left home last month.

Today we were driving back east towards the Loire Valley. We need to be in Lille on Saturday in time to catch our Eurostar to London. Instead of doing the drive on one entire day, we decided to see the Loire Valley. I wish we had more time in the region but for now, we only had a day.

We stopped in the town of Amboise for lunch. This is the town where Leonardo Da Vinci spent the last few years of his life under the patronage of King Francois I. He is also buried here. The town is a very pretty little town on the banks of the Loire river.

Post lunch, we drove to the nearby Chateau de Chambord, the largest in the Loire Valley region. The Chateau was originally built for King Francois I as a hunting lodge in the 16th century. Since construction was interrupted so many times, he actually never got to see the chateau completed before he died. There is a very cool double helix inspired staircase right in the centre. Two sets of stairs intertwined that never meet except at the landings of the three floors. Bill and I walked up simultaneously on each of the stairs. Though I could see him climbing, our paths never crossed. Very cool!

The Chateau is surrounded by a forest and beautiful lawns that still have a lot of large game…though hunting isn’t allowed there anymore. It’s been developed for walking and biking now. It was a very beautiful afternoon followed by an equally beautiful sunset as we drove towards Blois for the night.

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Driving through Amboise

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Loire river close to Amboise

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Loire River

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Loire River

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Chateau de Chambord

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Chateau de Chambord

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Chateau de Chambord

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Chateau de Chambord

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Chateau de Chambord

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Chateau de Chambord

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Blois sunset over the Loire river

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