Thursday, December 1, 2016

France, Loire Valley - Château d’Amboise VI (The Interior)

The Amboise Castle is an impressive site to visit, although it is much diminished in size from its heyday - 
only one fifth of the original chateau remains. 
There is also a highly regarded collection of Renaissance furniture and furnishings to see.

As for the decoration, it was originally of French inspiration, 
but latter profited from the collaboration of the Flemish and Italian artists. 
The furnishings were luxurious, Flemish and French tapestries, Damask curtains and Turkish carpets.

France, Loire Valley - Château d’Amboise V (The Town)

Although it is small, Amboise has an interesting historical centre, an attractive open square in the centre, 
and also two of the most important historic monuments in the region: 
the Chateau d'Amboise and the Maison du Clos Lucé, better known as Leonardo da Vinci's House.

The main central square occupies a large part of the centre of the town, 
and has the castle to one side and various shops and cafes on the other side. 
Several of these shops and cafes are established in interesting half-timbered medieval houses, adding to the overall appeal.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

France, Loire Valley - Château d’Amboise IV (The Town)

Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. 
It lies on the banks of the Loire river, 27 kilometers east of Tours. 
Today a small market town, it was once home of the French royal court. 
Its former name was Ambacia, from the old name of the river and marsh Amasse.

MySpot: Things Haven't Always Been a Walk in the Park


"Common sense and good nature will do a lot to make the pilgrimage of life not too difficult."

William Somerset Maugham

Sunday, November 20, 2016

France, Loire Valley - Château d’Amboise III (The Gardens)

The Gardens of the Royal Chateau of Amboise were designed at the end of the 15th century under King Charles VIII, 
by a Neapolitan monk and gardener, Pacello da Mercogliano, 
whose work is highly influential among French landscape designers.
Cypresses, green oak trees, bay trees, hornbeams and box trees shape these wonderful gardens, 
offering a magnificent view over the 'Royal River', the Loire.