Saturday, September 15, 2018

Loire Valley

Over the course of four short weeks (with five weekends, two holidays, and a few extra days of my own time) I was able to explore Paris, Versailles, Nantes and the beaches of Pornic, Mont Saint Michel and Saint Malo, and a good number of the Loire Valley Castles.

Tours is situated inside the Loire Valleyand located about one to two hours from Paris (depending on if you take the express train or not). The Loire Valley is located in the middle of France and is famous for its castles, culture, and wine. 

All of the castles I visited are worth mentioning, but if I had to pick my favorite one to highlight, it would be the Chateau du Clos Luce. Although no royal lived there, the Located less than a mile from the Regal Chateau d'Ambroise is a humble but elegant building that was the home of Leonardo da Vinci. I took all of these photos myself so I maintain the copyright, please contact me on my website at if you are interested in using them for a project.

Chateau Azay-le-Rideau


The Hall of States General (13th Century)



Clos Luce

Leonardo Da Vinci:
Hanging on the walls are various quotes by da Vinci and a few copies of his paintings, including the Mona Lisa and St. John the Baptist. In the basement and in the gardens there are intricate engineering models produced from Leonardo's sketches. From basic mechanical creations that are still utilized today to a primitive version of a tank, Leonardo proved over and over again that his mind was centuries ahead of his time.

1 Loire_(department) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 3 Jan 2015. 9 Apr 2015 <>.

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