Friday, June 2, 2017

Chateau du Chambord

Didn't have a good night's sleep, worrying about petrol.
We found and filled up 7 kms from where we were staying before our trek back to Paris.
Stopped at a roadside  for lunch and topped up the tank.
There is no petrol in the Paris area, staying close to the airport, need to have the car filled to return.
Our plans for a day outing tomorrow have been scrapped. Will spend our time around the hotel area by foot.
I will miss the fields of poppies.

...and the wild, self seeded foxgloves.
 The largest of the Loire's chateaus, originally built as a hunting lodge for King Francois I.
It has 440 rooms and a fireplace for every day of the year, though only 80 are open to the public.
 It has an impressive "double helix" spiral staircase, designed by Leonardo Da Vinci. The 2 staircases, climb 3 floors, but never meet, meaning the King never had to pass his servants on the stairs.

 The Loire River was diverted to make way for the Chateau.
Massive tapestries.
Inlaid mother of pearl in the cabinet.
The sections of wall hangings look like they were appliqued.

Samples of tapestry.
The emblem of King Francois I was a salamander, which are carved into the doors, walls and ceilings.

So this is what they do with all those empty bottles!!!


  1. So one of your last memories of the trip will be hunting for petrol!

  2. For all its opulent display of wealth and power, I prefer the beauty of the poppy fields.