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Hanging around Amboise

Over the top lunch and wandering around

sunny 70 °F
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Well today certainly is starting out much better than yesterday. The skies are bluer and the clouds are fewer. Good day for a walk.

Since we couldn't get dinner reservations at La Breche, we are going there for lunch today. Everyone says it is great, so I hope we can continue the hype. As it is a lovely day, we're going to walk as it is between here and the train station across the river.

We ran into the owner of the house on our way out. He is very friendly and was surprised that we were taking out garbage and even more surprised when he learned we had taken out the trash bin while he was away. I wonder what some of the previous guests did? Anyways, we had a nice chat about our stay so far and the region. Told him we'd be leaving around 9:30 on Saturday for Orleans. Bid him au revoir and off to lunch.

The walk over was very nice. We gave ourselves plenty of time so we wouldn't have to rush. The Chateau looks beautiful from the bridge; I'll have to be sure to take some pictures on the way back when the sun isn't right in our eyes.

As we arrived early, we walked over to the train station to see if we could print out our tickets for Saturday. Amboise is just a small station so it really wasn't a surprise when we found that they didn't have a ticket machine to print our tickets. No worries, we'll have plenty of time in Orleans to get them.

Amboise - Train Station Signs

Amboise - Train Station Signs

Amboise - Train Station

Amboise - Train Station

We made our way back to the restaurant and walked in. The woman at the desk was so charming. I started in French, she responded in English. We said we would prefer French if she didn't mind so she spoke slowly and helped us through. Just a couple of bumps when I didn't know the right words, but she was terrific.

We were the only ones there for about a half hour, so we received lots of attention. It really enhanced the experience. Lunch was a four course meal that was incredible from start to finish. Wait, did I say four course meal? I should have said an eight course meal. Yikes! With a little treat from the chef, an amuse bouche, a pre-dessert and then truffles and merangue cookies with our tea, we were very sated and very full.

Amboise - La Breche exterior

Amboise - La Breche exterior

Amboise - La Breche dining room

Amboise - La Breche dining room

Amboise - La Breche dining room

Amboise - La Breche dining room

Amboise - La Breche

Amboise - La Breche

I now know why everyone raves about La Breche and I will too. Reviews on Trip Advisor coming soon.

After exchanging pleasantries and talking about our planned visitations, we waddled our way back to town.

Amboise - bridge over the Loire

Amboise - bridge over the Loire

Amboise - Church

Amboise - Church

Amboise - Royal Chateau

Amboise - Royal Chateau

Amboise - Loire River

Amboise - Loire River

The weather was very pleasant. Yesterday's rain left the air smelling fresh and cleaned up some of the dust, especially off of our car. We decided to just hang around instead of driving all over. Tomorrow would be our chase day, so today we just enjoy the surroundings.

Posted by Herk58 00:27 Archived in France Tagged france loire amboise

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picturesque French countryside, with the Loire river thrown in:)
....looks charming.

by Jan Prucnal

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