After Mass, we headed to the Royal Chateau d'Amboise to start our day of chateau hopping. Adam and I both agreed that this chateau was by far the most under-rated. It was exquisite, with some of the most beautiful gardens.
|Beautiful boxwood on the first landing of the ramp to the chateau.|
|The view of the chapel as you walk up the path to the chateau.|
|View of the inside of the chapel.|
|Another view of the inside of the chapel. The stained glass was absolutely |
beautiful and I love the way the light reflected throughout!
|A view of the side of the chateau.|
|A view of the gardens and the bust of Leonardo da Vinci.|
|Photo-op! Overlooking Amboise|
|Beautiful view of the Chateau and the city.|
|A sea of boxwoods in the garden.|
After our tour and wandering around in boxwood heaven, Adam and I headed back down the hill for lunch. We dined at a great little spot just at the bottom of the hill beneath the chateau. I had French onion soup and beef carpaccio. Adam had smoked salmon ravioli. All of the food was wonderful and enjoyed with a glass of Loire Valley wine...when in Rome, right?
|Beef carpaccio topped with basil, Parmesan, tomatoes, and lemon juice.|
|Smoked salmon ravioli|
|View down the main drive to the chateau.|
This chateau was basically fully furnished and had beautiful floral arrangements in each room. The gardens were perfectly manicured. We enjoyed seeing this chateau and walking the grounds, all while listening to the soothing sound of the river rushing under the chateau.
|View of the chateau from one of the gardens.|
|This is a view of the hall that spans the River Cher.|
|The beautiful gardens...if only we had a larger back yard to |
accommodate this swimming pool sized fish pond...
|Cheers to a successful day two!|
Stay tuned for more sight-seeing, wine tasting, and eating!