Saturday, 28 April 2012

Disney on steroids

Day 4 - 27.04.12 – Chenonceau and Amboise

This morning we headed back into Blois central go to a launderette we’d spotted the previous day.  Sadly the washing, like everything so far in France, cost more than anticipated.  Prices really are high here and you have to go well out town to designated shopping areas to bag a bargain, particularly where food is concerned. 

We took another wander around the beautiful Blois town whilst waiting for our washing and bought some postcards to send home to the family.  Once we were done we headed back to the van and got on the road to Chateau de Chenonceau.  We had hoped to park up in nearby Chisseaux at a free aire we’d seen online but on arrival all we could find were very expensive campsites so we carried straight on to the castle.  
Chateau Chenonceau

The Chateau wasn’t quite as big as we’d expected but in a stunning setting on the river and looked like a fairytale home.  The surrounding gardens and outbuildings were totally gorgeous.  It was an incredibly relaxing place to be despite the tourists.  Wandering around felt like we’d dropped into a Disney cartoon.

We couldn’t stay over in the car park by the castle either so we headed off to nearby Amboise 20 minutes away.  The stopover was just a small but relatively centrally located car park.  A short walk and we were at the castle in the town.  A much more fortified castle than the previous two but still with a very attractive front.  The town is very tourist driven and prices are again high.  It’s a very picturesque place but we’ve been somewhat spoilt by our recent stays in Orleans and Blois which were both less pushy on the tourist front.
Amboise in the Loire Valley, France
Chateau Amboise

Again pics to follow when we're on a better net connection.

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