Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A dreary, rain off-again on-again type day. Not great for taking photos as you will see, but we went headed down one side of the Loire, crossing back over at Amboise. We headed toward Bléré and the Châteaux de Chenonceau.
We stopped in Bléré for lunch. We found most everything was closed as it was market day, but had a quick lunch at the Chalet in the heart of the village. After lunch we strolled around the town which was quite tiny. Once finished touring, off to the châteaux. Chenonceau is considered to be one of the prettiest châteaux in Loire Valley besides Azay-de-Rideau. Chenonceau was constructed in the 16th century on the remains of a mill. The gallery stretches across the Cher River and in WWI it was used as a hospital. Chenonceau has been influenced by five women from Henri II’s mistress, Diane de Poitiers to his widow, Catherine de Medicis. The interior is graced with beautiful artwork, tapestries and furniture.

In the evening we met our friends who live in Tours, Marc and Catherine for dinner. We ate in a small restaurant which I would classify as an up-and-comer to earn a Michelin one-star, Olivier Arlot. Check out the photos and see for yourself.

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5 Responses to Tuesday, May 25, 2010

  1. Darren says:

    I forgot how nice the Loire is. Only was there once chaperoning a school trip but I remember that Chenonceau was definitely something else.

    Looks like you are both having a good time.

    • David and Beverly Gideon says:

      Hi: Chateau Chenonceau is one of our favorites. We’ve seen quite a few of the chateaux over the years but keep coming back. The gardens are beautiful as well as the chateaux itself.

  2. Cuz Deb says:

    I am so glad you are in France and appear to be enjoying a return to a place you must feel is like home. I am off from work tomorrow taking Dad, Mom and Steve to a special ceremony in New Canaan honoring WWII vets. I think Dad is getting some type of medal. I plan to visit “france” with you when I return to Danbury and can enjoy the pictures. Food sounds yummy. UB, AD, me, John and maybe others will be celebrating AD’s 80th at Chucks- somehow I don’t think the food there compares- but we’ll have a good time. Please take care, be well and keep the travel blog going.

    • David and Beverly Gideon says:

      We’re having a great time despite the weather. Again today, it is threatening rain but the good thing is the temperature has dropped. Enjoy your birthday celebration with AD and UB. Certainly give our congratulations to both WWII veterans, Mom and Dad! Off later today to Paris, hope we can find our car in the garage. Hah!

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