Tours to Amboise

This morning we left Tours and drove a short distance to the Chateau Chenonceau. Chenonceau is the Chateau built on a bridge over the River Cher that you often see in guide books. It is called the Ladies’ Chateau because of the many ladies who lived here, built it and preserved it. They include Catherine de Medici and Louise Dupin. During WWII the river was the dividing line between occupied and unoccupied France. The French resistance used the chateau as an escape route for refugees fleeing the Nazis.


We finally had a sunny day so it was a perfect day to explore the chateau and it gardens.

The gardens
Gardens at Chenonceau

The inside of the chateau for quite stunning too.

Louis XIV
Diane de Poitiers’ bedroom
The Gallery
View from the Gallery

Before leaving we checked out the maze.

The maze at Chemonceau

From Chemonceau we went to nearby Amboise where we are staying tonight and tomorrow night. It is a lovely little village on the Loire. We had a great dinner at an Italian Restaurant. I forgot to take pictures of the pasta and pizza. The salad was great too.

Dinner salad

On our way back to our hotel we got to see something we have hardly seen on this trip, a sunset!