A couple weekends ago, I went to the Loire Valley with a bunch of friends. We stayed in Tours and did a tour of all of the beautiful chateaux (castles) there. Somehow I’ve narrowed down these few pictures from the 400 I took, so enjoy!
The first place we visited was Amboise, which is in the background of this first picture (in about the middle):
When we arrived, all the people at the castle were out to lunch. Here’s my friends in front of the entrance (from left to right Michael, Erica, and Supraja):
We also went to Clos Luce, which is in the same town. It was the last place where Leonardo Da Vinci lived when Francois the first, king of France, was his patron. We couldn’t take pictures inside, but there were life-sized versions of his inventions for kids to play with, so we couldn’t help ourselves…:
The second day was the giant round of chateau. The first was Azay-le-Rideau, which was beautiful despite the early hour:
The next day we only went to one chateau, but that was plenty. It was Chenonceau, a beautiful chateau with extensive, beautiful gardens and a moat that’s really connected to a major river. Here’s a view from the side of the long enclosed bridge: