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Town square

This is just outside the Chateau, is a one way system but basically a pedestrian precinct, so you can wander around quite freely. The tourists all come here so it is a little bit more expensive than elsewhere in the town. You can buy yourself a suit of armour if you so desire, pick up a bargain on a sword and all that castley stuff.

If you trot up the road a bit, past the Castle, you will come upon Clos de Luce. Leonardo da Vinci lived here for the remaining years of his life. The house is a treasure trove of history and the grounds are well managed with benches under leafy trees and examples of Leonardo's inventions.

You can sit under the trees and listen to recordings of conversations he might have had with his students. A wonderful insight into how the man's mind worked.

Amboise

This is a delightful town. You can walk around it in an hour or so, hardly any traffic, it is right by the river and has all the amenities you could wish for. The chateau is enourmous, well worth a visit.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Very pretty place, lovely river walk.
  • Cons:None that I can think of
  • In a nutshell:Steeped in history, well worth the visit.
  • Last visit to Amboise: Dec 2005
  • Intro Updated Mar 4, 2008
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  • tropicrd's Profile Photo
    May 23, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Love it Sue.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Hello, Sue! ~ Thanks for your interesting detailed story! I see it's an amazing place! ~

  • Herkbert's Profile Photo
    Aug 27, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    Good info, Sue. We're heading to the Loire Valley in spring 2011 and plan to make Amboise our home base.

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Aug 21, 2009 at 4:48 AM

    sounds like a real find this place

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jul 31, 2009 at 3:40 PM

    WE are planning a trip to the area in 2010 or 2011 to see castles. Thanks for the pictures and comments

  • leecouk12324's Profile Photo
    Jan 13, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    I seen you done the Loire Valley thing - i been most of the places you been to here - i did it on cycle - it was very nice. Nice to see you in Manchester - sorry i was not myself - i had been taking tablets which made me drowsy

  • adema29's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2007 at 6:27 AM

    Lovely town, isn't it?! You brought us back beautiful memories...

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