Sunday, August 24, 2008

Loire Valley and the city of Tours

On Saturday, we took a tour of two chateaux and Clos Luce, Da Vinci's home for the last three years of his life. The tour started in Chenonceau (far left), the famous "chateaux of the six women." The medieval castle was almost completely raised before being redesigned according to Italian Renaissance style. Then we moved on to Clos Luce (top of the post) and the magnificent Da Vinci. The museum provides insight into Da Vinci's relationship with Francoise I, the Renaissance King, who brought him to France. Da Vinci's lifestyle is reflected in the living quarters and furniture. Many displays, inside and out, depict many of the inventor/artist/scientist's plans and ideas. Then, a short walk and we were inside the famous Amboise (far right). Amboise maintains more of a medieval castle style and was for many centuries the primary home of the French royalty (prior to the Paris palaces and Versailles).

The city of Tours was a lively place for dinner on Saturday night and the many college students and tourists in the area flow into the main medieval square, Place Plumereau.

We're back in Paris now and will go to the famous and amazing Louvre on Monday.

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