The Last of the Loire: Chartres, Chateau de Chambord, Amboise, & Clos Luce

10 Jul

I’ve been a lazy blogger but I have been meaning to finish posting the last of our R&R trip through the Loire Valley. I’ll try not to drag it out by posting three days trips into a single post.

Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres

Visiting this cathedral is every art history major’s fantasy. Just like visiting the pyramids, seeing Chartres in person is an amazing experience. Constructed between the years 1193-1250, Chartres is considered one of the best examples of the French High Gothic style. What a testament Chartres is to human ingenuity!

Chateau d’Chambord

You know the raspberry liquor that comes in the cool looking bottle with the crown atop its lid? Chambord (the liquor) is said to have been introduced to Louis XIV during one of his visits to this Chateau. Chambord is still being produced on the premises of this Chateau. In Paris, one of the pricey cocktails I kept seeing was the Cham Cham–champagne and Chambord. I’ll have to try it.

Needless to say, PETA, would not like this place…

One of the (too) MANY ‘trophy’ rooms.

Chateau d’Amboise & Clos Luce

The chapel where Leonardo is supposedly buried.

Located in Amboise and built on a spur above the Loire River, Chateau d’Amboise sits in a picturesque little village. The Chateau was confiscated by the monarchy in the 15th century and became a favored royal residence that was extensively rebuilt. King Francis I was raised at Amboise, which belonged to his mother, Louise of Savoy. Leonardo da Vinci came to Château d’Amboise as a guest to King Francis I in December, 1515, where he lived and worked in the nearby Clos Luce, connected to the château by an underground passage. It’s said that Leonardo is buried in the Chapel of Saint-Hubert, adjoining the Château, which was built in 1491–96. Who knows if this is true.

Clos Luce–the house where Leonardo lived

Last up…Paris…

5 Responses to “The Last of the Loire: Chartres, Chateau de Chambord, Amboise, & Clos Luce”

  1. joe palumbo July 10, 2012 at 8:49 pm #

    WOW…You are indeed spoiled after being exposed to all this wonderful history..The buildtings look just as beautiful in your blog as they did in the travel journals.. I am all set for the next adventure, are you? Keep on reporting on your new adventures as I love seeing them.. Joep AKA Dad

  2. Richard Leste July 11, 2012 at 12:45 am #

    Hi Jen and Raj,
    Thanks Jen for such great pics and the history lessons! I love them!!!!! Joe told me that he was making an offer on Clos Luce…if it was good enough for Leonardo, it is good enough for Joe!!!
    Thanks Jen,
    Dick and Mary

  3. Dave July 11, 2012 at 1:16 am #

    That chateau looks absolutely massive. So much history just dripping from that place. See, America and the west have vast expanses of land, and the Europeans have layers upon layers of history surrounding them. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to live amongst all those hundreds of years worth of human experience.

    The pictures turned out great. I hope you’re doing well!

    Have you seen the photos of my wedding on facebook? You should check them out when you get a chance!

  4. Marti July 11, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    Wonderful adventure! Go with the Cham Cham :)

  5. Raelynn July 11, 2012 at 11:32 pm #

    Cham Cham…humm….I do have some Chambord on hand, gotta get some champagne and I’m sure I’ll be one happy girl!! :-) The pictures are amazing, I love history, so this would be a great place to visit I’m sure!

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