So now, how to share them with you? How to give you just a taste of what Paris and the Loire were like for us? After our trip to France I have over 1600 images and hundreds of GoPro video clips to sort through, so I've started breaking things up by day, and I thought the first day of the Discover France (discoverfrance.com) Deluxe Loire tour would be a nice place to start.
|Portrait of King Francois I, who made the Loire very fashionable for chateau building|
|Amboise, with the ramp up to the Chateau at left|
|Leonardo's Last Home, Clos Lucé|
|Turrets and towers of Amboise Chateau|
|View of Amboise from the bridge across the Loire|
|Pennants flying at Amboise Chateau|
|DaVinci-Inspired Chocolates in Amboise at Patisserie Bigot|
|Frozen Desserts at Patisserie Bigot|
|Pastries at Bigot|
|More to eat at Bigot|
|Beautiful little houses, Amboise|
|Room at Le Choiseul, Amboise|
|Brasserie in Amboise - order the petillant, the local fizzy wine. It is delicious, has a flavor profile more like prosecco than Champagne, and it's reasonable.|
|Sunset over Chapel St.-Hubert, where DaVinci may be buried, at Amboise|
|Leonardo on an Apocryphal Bicycle - |
the bicycle sketch in his notebooks is believed to be a fake.
|Amuse bouche at Le 36, Le Choiseul|
I could say much more about just this one place, but I will stop here, as I dream of returning to the Loire.
Cheers, Beauty Fans!