Saturday, March 15, 2014

Château Royal d'Amboise et Château du Clos Lucé

Posted June 20, 2015

Two beauties on the parade of châteaux today. First, Château Royal d'Amboise, which became a royal residence during the Renaissance.

The private Chapel of Saint-Hubert.

Inside the chapel.

Louis XII became a patron of Leonardo Da Vinci, and he moved in next door at Château du Clos Luce. He's buried in the chapel at Amboise.

The views here are spectacular.

Went into town to find lunch.

Baguette sandwiches by the river. Doesn't get much better than that.

Château du Clos Luce, where Leonardo Da Vinci lived.

This is an underground tunnel to Amboise, so King Louis could easily access Da Vinci.

There were models of his inventions.

And of course copies of his most famous paintings.

Da Vinci was personally involved in the planning and maintenance of the grounds.

After a full day visiting the châteaux, we went to a ward dance. Love how the sign is in English: Very Important Party. :)

We had a great time, and left late, especially considering the drive home and church in the morning. But the party was still going strong when we left...French church curfew is later than ours. :)

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