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Le Chateau Royal d'Amboise

Relaxing in the town of Amboise

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Took the opportunity to sleep in and rest today. Yesterday's long ride and the many sites in the Dordogne left us a bit tired, so it was time to catch up. We hung out in the apartment until lunch time before heading out to enjoy the area. Being Sunday, things were much quieter then yesterday was. Seems like the weekend tourists had gone away - Yay!

After a quick sandwich for lunch, we decided to explore the chateau. The Chateau Royal d'Amboise was built back in 1100 by then king Francois I. Unfortunately, he passed away before it was completed so it was completed by Charles II. The castle is not as large as some of the others, but it is quite impressive nonetheless.

Amboise - Chateau

Amboise - Chateau

Amboise - Chateau view

Amboise - Chateau view

Amboise - Chateau view - Flags

Amboise - Chateau view - Flags

Amboise - Us at the chateau

Amboise - Us at the chateau

Inside the castle, only some of the rooms have furnishings and unfortunately, flash photos weren't allowed in those rooms. The guard's tower was once occupied by D'Artagnon of Three Musketeers fame while he was escorting a prisoner.

Amboise - Guards Tower

Amboise - Guards Tower

Amboise - Chateau Council Chamber

Amboise - Chateau Council Chamber

Amboise - Fleur De Lys floor tiles

Amboise - Fleur De Lys floor tiles

The gardens are very tranquil. They're not elaborate like some other Chateaux, but they add to the ambience.

Amboise - Chateau flower garden

Amboise - Chateau flower garden

Amboise - Chateau view from gardens

Amboise - Chateau view from gardens

Amboise - Chateau Side view

Amboise - Chateau Side view

Amboise - Chateau Back view

Amboise - Chateau Back view

One additional item is the St Hubert Chapel. It is the final resting spot of Leonardo Da Vinci.

Amboise - St Hubert Chapel

Amboise - St Hubert Chapel

Amboise - St Hubert Chapel windows

Amboise - St Hubert Chapel windows

Amboise - Da Vinci's Tomb - St Hubert

Amboise - Da Vinci's Tomb - St Hubert

A beautiful castle on a nice day is a great way to enjoy the day.

Went over to a restaurant near the Chateau called La Reserve. Enjoyed a nice dinner and a bottle of red wine from the region. It was a Borgueil and went perfectly with our dinners.

Afterwards, we head back to the house to relax and map out our route for tomorrow's exploration.

Posted by Herk58 12:45 Archived in France Tagged france chateau amboise

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Amboise looks so scenic....and the castle gave you another chance to climb to the tower :)

by Jan Prucnal

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