Monday’s Travel Photos – Amboise, Loire Valley

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Amboise in the Loire Valley is probably the best-known town in the region. Its lovely mediaeval castle and grounds are on the world heritage list and offer an exceptional view of the Loire and surrounding area. In 1516, François I invited Leonardo da Vinci to live in a little château down the road called Le Clos Lucé, used by royalty as a summer residence. Today, visitors can see mock-ups of Leonardo’s incredibly modern inventions. In the summer in particular, Amboise is very animated with lots of eating places along the main street. The best view is from Le Shaker on a little island in the middle of the Loire.

Amboise seen from Le Shaker
Amboise Castle from the side
Side entrance to Amboise Castle
Half-timbered house in Amboise
Clock tower in Amboise
Typical view of the Loire
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12 thoughts on “Monday’s Travel Photos – Amboise, Loire Valley”

    1. Definitely the best view. Amboise can be very touristy – Blois (where my house is!) is much better of course …

      1. I agree, I thought Blois was charming and the chateau very underrated (as in I rarely hear it mentioned, not as in I hear people say bad things). Unlike Tours, which everyone seems to hate, but oh well.

        1. Yes, I don’t know why Blois is so little known outside. I love the chateau. Tours was completely bombed during the war and is now just a big city without much to visit except the cathedral.

  1. I’m glad you have some lovely photo shots of Amboise. Having visited there recently without my camera, I can now include a couple of these in my album

    1. Amboise is about a half an hour’s drive along the Loire from Blois, where our new place is. Chaumont is in-between the two, though closer to Blois.

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