Wow! What a day we have had today – a visit to Clos Luce, the final home of Leonardo da Vinci, then on to Chateau Royal D’Amboise, the burial place of Da Vinci, and finally to the magnificent Chenonceau.
Clos Luce is conveniently close to our accomodation, so we set off early, and believe me, it is a must – it completely draws you into Da Vinci’s world and opens your eyes to the genius of the man – plus you can see working models of his incredible designs. Not only that, the interior furnishings are exquisite, while the grounds are beautifully kept, and house even larger working models of Da Vinci’s creations. I learned so much about him from visiting Clos Luce today, including the fact that he designed a tank and a machine gun!
Next we moved on to Chateau Royal d’Amboise, where the great man is buried, and which offers extensive views over the town and the river Loire. The interiors of these chateaux are so well-preserved and it is really a privilege to be able to see them. It is like walking through history. The grounds too are so well cared for – strolling in them is an experience to be savoured.
Clos Luce was a highlight for me today, with its historical ties to Da Vinci, but our third port of call for the day, Chenonceau, was the real treat – not only for its beautiful setting over the River Cher, and its fabulous gardens, but also because the interior was simply stunning. Its history was so well described throughout the maze of rooms too, and the kitchens were truly amazing.
So you can see, we packed much into our day again, but we took a breather in the late afternoon for pre-dinner drinks in our room, and then ventured back into Amboise for a very tasty, if not rich meal at Chez Bruno.
The Loire is a beautiful region, which has a fabulous history to explore. This is difficult to do if you have only a couple of days available, hence we decided to base ourselves in Amboise and do what we could from here. Tours and Blois will have to wait for another time … tomorrow we travel on to Beynac, but for me, I leave feeling that here is something about the Loire, despite its magnificent chateaux and history, which didn’t quite hit the spot …