Road trip to the Loire Valley-part 4

AmboiseDay 4 on the Loire Valley was mostly connected with the personality of Leonardo da Vinci. Our day began with Clos Luce-Leonardo’s “castle”, continued with Amboise Castle and because there was still some time left we ended gloriously with Cheverny Castle.

We were not sure if Amboise was worth the visit, but it was very close to Clos Luce so we went for it. Prepare 13 euro  for Clos Luce , around 10 euro for Amboise and 9 euro for Cheverny. These prices are for one adult, visit without guide. At least the parking is free of charge

 Amboise Castle

Because the previous article was dedicated to Clos Luce we’ll go straight to Chateau d’ Amboise.The yard of the castle was quiet and serene, surrounded by tall fortress walls . The terrace was great for having a panorama over the city and the Loire River. The grave of Leonardo da Vinci was in a small chapel located close to the entrance of the yard .We were close to missing it because we were expecting something different and bigger. We took a walk through the gardens and then entered the castle.

Amboise compared to other castles

The exterior of Amboise Castle reminded us of Chaumont castle, but as you can see from the pictures, the garden arrangements are not as beautiful as those from Chaumont domain. The castle is big, but visitors only get to see a small fraction of the place.  Compared to other castles, Amboise is not so furnished and has a lot of secret underground tunnels. I will let the images speak. The entire visit(castle and gardens) takes less than 2 hours.



Amboise entrance

Amboise entrance

Relaxing at Amboise Castle

Relaxing at Amboise Castle

Amboise gardens

Amboise gardens

Saint Hubert Chapel with Da Vinci'grave

Saint Hubert Chapel with Da Vinci’grave

The grave of Leonardo da Vinci

The grave of Leonardo da Vinci

Amboise

Amboise

Amboise castle seen from outside

Amboise castle seen from outside

Amboise

Amboise castle and the Loire Valley

Miniature of Amboise castle

Miniature of Amboise castle

Inside Amboise castle

Inside Amboise castle

 

The next destination for the day was Chevery domain.The distance between Amboise and Cheverny was about 46 km, so we got there in less than an hour.

 

Cheverny Castle

Cheverny wasn’t such a popular castle and I don’t really understand why.  In our opinion it was an interesting castle and the visit was worth the money. It had beautiful gardens and interior and a stylish aspect.As every respectable castle, Cheverny is also an important hunting venue.Close to the castle stood the kennels house , a very noisy place with about a hundred French dogs.We walked a bit around the castle to admire it from every angle and see every garden.The interior of the castle was decorated with collections of weapons and armour, tapestry and family portraits. I was particularly impressed with the king’s imposing bedchamber  and with the arms room, the largest room in the castle



Here are some interesting facts about Cheverny Castle

The castle is open for 365 days a year .The owners of this castle still live in the right wing of the palace and they need about 40 people employed full time for the whole domain. Probably that is why everything looks so good. The beds in the castle were meant for sitting up during sleep, because the flat position was reserved only for the dead. The beds were once a sign of wealth. The palace has a regulator clock from the Louis XV period that is still working.

Cheverny castle Loire Valley

Cheverny castle Loire Valley

Cheverny gardens

Cheverny gardens

Cheverny Kitchen Garden

Cheverny Kitchen Garden

Hunting dogs from Cheverny

Hunting dogs from Cheverny

The arms room at Cheverny

The arms room at Cheverny

The king's bed at Cheverny castle

The king’s bed at Cheverny castle

Inside Cheverny palace

Inside Cheverny palace

Cheverny armour from the 15 century

Cheverny armour from the 15 century

Cheverny castle

Cheverny castle

Cheverny gardens

Cheverny gardens

Cheverny gardens

Cheverny gardens

Our plan was to wonder through the domain, but after finishing with the castle we were too tired to go on. A great part of the domain is still waiting to be discovered. Maybe next time we’ll find the energy.



Other things in France that might interest you:

Top 10 castles on the Loire Valley in France

Road-trip to the Loire Valley-first part

Road trip to the Loire Valley-second part

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