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.
We started our tour with the castle’s little church,
where Leonardo da Vinci grave is.
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.
I think a close-up is well needed here !
We then continued with the visit of the castle itself,
the sumptuous 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 !
We wandered around in the beautiful gardens.
The town of Amboise seemed quite nice as well,
& full of funny houses 😉
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.
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!
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.
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.
Followed by fish for me & meat for him 🙂
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.
& 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 😉
& apple & caramel for hubby.
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