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.