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FrenchCastles Amboise

The French castle, Château d’Amboise, soars above the river Loire in the beautiful little riverside town of Amboise.

Although Amboise has a busy tourist trade, my favorite time to photograph city streets is during the lunch hour when everyone is either at a cafe or home eating. The styles of architecture are much easier to see!

Amboise from the Loire River

Amboise from the Loire River

Amboise quiet street at mid-day

Amboise quiet street at mid-day

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The gentle climb as you leave the river and approach the chateau is lined with flowers and sidewalk cafes.

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Château d’Amboise is the site of the origin of the French formal garden and is the place where King Francois I grew up. There is amazing Gothic architecture to be explored.

Amboise Gothic Interior

Amboise Gothic Interior

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Amboise chapel with da vincis tomb

Amboise Chapelle de St Hubert with Da Vinci’s tomb

At the invitation of the King, Leonardo da Vinci came to the château as a guest. He lived and worked at Clos Lucé which was connected to the château by an underground tunnel. Da Vinci is buried in the Chapel of St. Hubert.

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Inside the Amboise Chapel

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Amboise Château

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Amboise Château

The day was chilly even though it was mid-May – too chilly to stand out an enjoy the views from the shadowy arches!
Inside, the fire felt wonderful but it wasn’t easy to feel that unless you stayed close to the fire, you felt no warmth in the room due to the massive ceilings and abundance of stone.
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Amboise Château grounds


 

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