Hotel Des Arts

32 Rue Victor Hugo, Amboise, 37400, France
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Travel Tips for Amboise

Amboise - a gorgeous town on the Loire

by Carmanah

One of my fondest memories is walking through the streets and alleys of Amboise, buying postcards from the souvenir shops, and treating myself to a pain au chocolat for the first time. I was so nervous about ordering in French in France for the first time, I mispronounced the French word for bread. Bread in French is pain, but it should be pronounced like "pan". I kept on asking for a "pain" (pronouncing it as you would in English), and the clerk didn't seem impressed. She eventually figured it out.

Clos Lucý

by Kettleman

Just a short walk up through the town, past the massive heights of the Chateau d'Amboise and you will find the quiter, although just as packed by tourists in summer, Clos Lucý.

Home to the great mind Michaelangelo until his death. The house contains some of his drawings and models and more recently, replicas have been made from his drawings such as the hang-glider, helicopter and tank!

Well worth the walk and the small entrance fee to view such greatness.

Drummers' Hall

by Maria81

Drummers Hall is reached before you come to the Council Chamber, and it features some more decorations:

- Gothic raised chair, decorated with emblems
- Flemish tapestry showing the family of King Darius of Persia pleading with Alexander the Great (in all his royal glory - horses, weapons, jewellery, trumpets, et all) to spare his life.

Da Vinci's Tomb

by Goner

Inside of St. Huberts Chapel you find this tomb of Leonard da Vinci.

Leonardo died on May 2, 1519 in Amboise. At this time Leonardo da Vinci was 67 year old. His health was not the best, as he had had a paralysis on the right side of his body since 1517.

There are lipstick kisses on the tomb - yuk!

It Still Has a Protective Appearance

by hquittner

"Making a Fortress Into a Residence"

The chateau at Amboise sits on an elevation above the town (pop 11.4K) and you have to walk up to make a visit. It overlooks the town and the south bank of the Loire with a pretty view of these and the bridge to the other bank. In the early 15C it was still primarily a def4nsive structure but late in the century Charles VIII, who was born there, began making it into a royal residence. This was interupted by his untimely and accidental death at the chateau. Not long after, Francois I expanded the conversion.


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