Loire castles

 

Getting there

From Paris we took the TER train to the Blois-Chambord station in Blois. It’s a 1.5 hours train ride from Paris (Gare d’Austerlitz).

Blois

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Blois castle

Blois is the first castle we saw. It’s main feature is that it has very different styles from once façade to the other: gothique, renaissance and classical. Specially worth seeing: The Salle des États.

Amboise

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Amboise castle

We only saw Amboise from the outside as we were a bit late for a visit. We stayed at Amboise (the city) and from there we rented a couple of bikes that we used to go to Chenonceau. The bike rental place happened to belong to a wine producer who also sold us a wine bottle that was just perfect for our Chenonceau picnic.

Chenonceau

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Chenonceau castle

Chenonceau is a very interesting castle. After leaving your car (or bikes) at the entrance, we walked the long alley that brings you to the gardens. But the most interesting part was still to come. When you walk along the gardens, you get to see the beauty of the castle: that it’s entire built above the Cher river.

Chambord

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Chambord staircase

On Sunday, before returning to Paris, we visited the Chambord castle was by far my favorite. Designed in part by Leonardi Da Vinci, the castle is something worth seeing. The pond around it makes a beautiful mirror-like surface around it, and its central staircase is something worth seeing and climbing.