Road trip in the Loire Valley : Amboise

The castle of Amboise in the Loire Valley

Fall is coming, it’s may be not anymore the time for seaside week-end, but happily Paris offers some nice getaways for the colder months too 😉

Starting with the Loire Valley & its incredible castles!

We went there last May. Originally we were supposed go surfing, but there were no waves. Not wanting to spend the week-end in Paris, we searched for a last-minute option & I thought about the Loire castles.

We hopped in the car & while hubby was driving I looked for a place to stay. There are many cute guest-houses in the area & luckily one of them still had a room available for us! 🙂

More relaxed now that we had a roof on our head for the night, we continued driving to Amboise, a nice village on the bank of the Loire river, overhung by an imposing castle.

Wandering around in Amboise

We started our tour with the castle’s little church,

Visiting the Royal Chateau at Amboise

The church in the castle of Amboise

where Leonardo da Vinci grave is.

Leonardo da Vinci grave in Amboise castle

The Italian genius lived his last years in Amboise indeed, in the nearby castle of Clos Lucé, where still today, you can see a permanent exhibition of da Vinci’s creations.

The church in the castle of Amboise

I think a close-up is well needed here !

The church in the castle of Amboise

We then continued with the visit of the castle itself,

Visiting Amboise castle, in the Loire valley, France

the sumptuous interior,

Chateau d'Amboise, interior

Chateau d'Amboise, interior

Chateau d'Amboise, interior

Chateau d'Amboise, interior

^I’m so in love with this huge fireplace!!

& the terrace, from which one you can enjoy a pretty nice view on the river !

View over the Loire river from the castle of Amboise

Visiting the Royal Chateau at Amboise

Visiting the Royal Chateau at Amboise

We wandered around in the beautiful gardens.

Visiting the Royal Chateau at Amboise

The castle of Amboise garden

Visiting the castle of Amboise in the Loire Valley

Visiting the castle of Amboise in the Loire Valley

The castle of Amboise garden

The castle of Amboise garden

Visiting the Royal Chateau at Amboise

The castle of Amboise garden

Visiting the Royal Chateau at Amboise

The town of Amboise seemed quite nice as well,

Wandering around in Amboise

Wandering around in Amboise

Books exchange in Amboise

& full of funny houses 😉

Wandering around in Amboise

Wandering around in Amboise

We would have love to walk around a bit more & even have an aperitivo in the sun, but not wanting to arrive too late to our accommodation, we took the road again instead.

Wandering around in Amboise

For dinner we went to Tours. Our guest actually suggested a very nice countryside restaurant nearby, but it was complete!! Although, it was in the middle of nowhere 😉

We followed the suggestion of one of my best friends instead, Tripadvisor ;p & ended up to Le Laurenty, a restaurant which was well rated & had a table for 2 available!

Restaurant Le Laurenty à Tours

It turned out to be a very good choice, dinner was delicious!

We started with some red wine & nibbles, while looking at the menu to make our choice.

Diner au Restaurant Le Laurenty à Tours

A small menu, full of fresh & seasonal products, prepared in a quite original way by a young chef. We couldn’t have asked for more!

& as it was asparagus season, I obviously started with that, while hubby went for more classical foie gras.

Diner au Restaurant Le Laurenty à Tours

Followed by fish for me & meat for him 🙂

Diner au Restaurant Le Laurenty à Tours

Diner au Restaurant Le Laurenty à Tours

The place was really cozy & intimist, & the owner was nice too. We really had a nice time at Laurenty, but I guess we’ve been lucky to have a table without booking in advance as the restaurant is quite tiny & was full. So it may be better to book in advance if you wanna go.

Diner au Restaurant Le Laurenty à Tours

& to extend the pleasure, & because food was delicious, we couldn’t resist but add some sweet to our yet cozy dinner.

Of course, chocolate for me 😉

Diner au Restaurant Le Laurenty à Tours

& apple & caramel for hubby.

Diner au Restaurant Le Laurenty à Tours

Happy for this unexpected yummy dinner, we took the road back home, excited for more castles exploration for the following day!

I’ll tell you more about the Loire valley castles in the next post too! <3

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9 Comments

  1. I am a fan of road trips. My style of booking a room is same as yours. I never book in advance. I rather make a trip on impulse and find room once I reach the destination. I have learned that if you do that you get cheaper deals.

  2. Loire Valley looks like a nice Fall destination. The castle is amazing with nice gardens to wander around. Nice tips for booking a room as advance booking sometimes lock you up.

  3. It seems like I have to get myself and my famiy a getaway to Amboise. Not only am I a sucker for old architecture but I also love beautiful sights. This is a place for me. Thank you for sharing.

  4. What a fun day in Amboise! It seems like a beautiful area to stay for a day or two. Especially when there is such a magnificent castle nearby!

  5. I always wish i had made more effort to see more of France while i had lived there. The Loire valley looks amazing and the town looks like a fairy tale. the lunch looks appetising too.

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