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    The music Room

    by black_mimi99 Written Nov 24, 2011

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    The music Room

    In this room we can see the collection such as grand piano, portrait of Louis-Philippe, portrait of Emir abd-el-Kader, Louis Philippe pedestal table, portrait of queen Marie-Amelie, wife of Louis-Philippe, with 2 of her sons, chairs etc....

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    The Louis Philippe Room

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    The Louis Philippe Room

    Louis Philippe was given the chateau d'Amboise by his mother Louise-Marie-Adelaide de Bourbon-Penthievre. The future king of the French (1773,1830,1850) acquired 46 houses surrounding the chateau to have them demolished, so clearing the remparts. The royal wing was decorated according to the tastes of the time.

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    The Franciscan Antechamber

    by black_mimi99 Written Nov 24, 2011

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    The Franciscan Antechamber

    I like to see the ornate fireplace here, with its carvings of intertwining ropes, symbol of the Franciscan monastic order. and of the decorative chain of the order of St. Michael. The wood panel above the fireplace decorated with a salamander, favorite symbol of François I.

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    The Cupbearer's Room

    by black_mimi99 Written Nov 24, 2011

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    The Cupbearer's Room

    This room re calls changes in table manners at court, where the cupbearer served drinks. Medieval trestle tables would be replaced by fixed tables. Italian-style tables then became fashionable, richly decorated and extendable. despite the timed introduction of the two-pronged fork, knife and spoon remained more popular up to the reign of Henri III.

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    The Council Chamber

    by black_mimi99 Updated Nov 24, 2011

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    hall of state

    During the renaissance, the king of france gradually spread his power over the kingdom, in particular by making sure that his governors, officers and dignitaries in the clergy remained faithful to him. moreover he demanded that his lords spend several months by his side accompanied by their wives. And women became entitled to their place in the royal court. From this moment on solemn audiences and joyful festivities formed an attractive integral part of court life. The council room is one of the 1st of this size to have been used for these events. One of the big favorites at that time was La Festa del Paradiso, imagined by Leonardo da Vindi whose ingenious machinery made it possible to reproduce the trajectories of stars.

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    The St. Hubert Chapel

    by black_mimi99 Updated Nov 24, 2011

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    Leonardo da Vinci Tomb
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    This chapel located just on the terraces of the chateau Amboise, when we enter to the terraces we will see this chapel 1st. This chapel was reserved for the royal family's private use which dedicated to the patron saint of hunting, this exquisite building in flamboyant gothic style.
    This chapel has gained renown due to the presence of Leonardo da Vinci's grave. He died in Amboise on 2 May 1519.

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    Taste some Loire valley wines

    by Herkbert Updated Aug 7, 2011

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    Loire Valley Wine

    Whether you visit some vineyards, find a wine bar, relax in a cafe or enjoy it with dinner, do make sure that you sample some of the terrific Loire Valley wines.

    With names like Chinon, Vouvray, Saumur and Bourgueil among others, you can find a white r red wine that will please your palate.

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    Check out the Troglodyte homes.

    by Herkbert Updated Jul 9, 2011

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    The troglodyte homes in Amboise are residences that are built into the side of the cliffs. Not along side the cliffs, but actually into the cliffs with usually just the front exposed to the outside. Having never seen them before, I was intrigued by the concept.

    If you are walking on the road between the town and Clos Luce you will pass right by a group of these homes. Be sure to take a look.

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    Explore the Royal Château of Amboise

    by Herkbert Updated Jul 5, 2011

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    The Royal Château of Amboise stands high above the town of Amboise. While it shows signs of wear from the ages, it is a beautiful chateau with a rich history. Upon passing through the walls, you immediately feel it's grandeur.

    The chateau, the chapel of St Hubert, which contains Leonardo DaVinci's tomb, and the grounds provide an interesting view of history of Amboise. Walk through the various rooms and see the wings built or expanded throughout the years by Kings with names of Louis, Francois and Charles - be sure to duck your head.

    Admission price was 10 Euro per adult, plus we chose to include the audio-guide for another 3.50 Euro each.

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    Float over chateaux in a balloon

    by Herkbert Written Jul 5, 2011

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    Inflating our balloon
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    One of the things we wanted to do while in the Loire Valley was to take a balloon flight over Chateau Chenonceau. Our wish came true when we booked a flight with Art Montgolfieres. While not inexpensive, there is nothing more romantic and serene then floating through the sky with the sites spread out below you.

    Our pilot, Pierre, and the ground crew Alain and Carlos made the experience terrific. I can't say enough about how professional and friendly they were. Our flight included seven passengers plus Pierre. We took off a little past 6:00 am and after floating over the Cher River, Chateau Chenonceau and a vast forest for a little over an hour, we touched down in a field. Disembarking, we helped roll the balloon up and pack it away before enjoying a glass of celebratory champagne and pastry.

    It was a wonderful experience that we will never forget.

    They have many different price options depending on the type of flight and itinerary you choose. We would definitely recommend Art Montgolfieres.

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    Clos Luce - Home to Leonardo DaVinci

    by Herkbert Updated Jul 5, 2011

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    Clos Luce
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    I hadn't known before our holiday that Leonardo DaVinci had any connection to France besides his paintings in the Louvre. What a great surprise it was to learn that he spent the last years of his life in Amboise. His home during those years was called Clos Luce. The home was given to him by Francois I, who also saw to it that he received 700 gold crowns each year. In return, Leonardo provided his services and also brought to France three paintings - La Gioconda, St John the Baptist and Saint Anne, the Virgin and the Infant Jesus.

    The manor is open for tours, as are the grounds. If you take the tour, you will walk through his home and basement. His home has a bright cheery feel to it and even though the furnishings are not the original pieces, you still get a feeling of how Leonardo lived in Amboise. In the basement, you'll see many models of inventions that Leonardo had in his notes - such as the automobile, flying machine, parachute and many others.

    On the grounds, you can walk through the gardens and along the paths to see many of the inventions life size. See them, touch them and most of all - appreciate them. Leonardo was truly a genius.

    Open year round from around 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. Price was Euro 13 for adults.

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    The Royal Castle

    by Dariana Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The most Italian castle of the Loire Chateaux. The castle, built on the Plateau des Chateliers, rise above with its white towers and walls.
    The Turons, ancestors inhabitants lived here from the 1st century because of the natural protection and ideal spot for the fortification offered by this plateau. In 1434, the castle is confiscated by Charles VII from counts D`Amboise. Kings Louis XI, Charles VIII and Francois I enlarged, transformed and modified it. Another chapter of history was wrote here: conspiracy of Amboise ;its purpose was the elimination of the Guise family

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    Chateau

    by Kettleman Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Built in the 15th and 16th centures, this authentic royal castle, introduces Italian style to the Loire valley. Relive the warmth of the past in this historical place thanks to the presence of an exceptional collection of Gothic and Renaissance furnishings.

    After visiting the royal residences, do not miss a walk through the beautiful panoramic gardens full of Mediterranean plants.

    In the Saint-Hubert chapel, the tomb of Leonardo da Vinci has recently been elegantly restored.

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    Amboise Chateaux

    by Goner Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Chateaux Amboise

    Amboise was first a part of the possession of the count of Anjou, and then it belonged to the famous house of Amboise. From 1431 on the castle belonged to the Crown, from then on the chateau d'Amboise was no longer a fortress but a royal residence of the queen and her children. Little by little the kings left Amboise and the Vallée de la Loire in order to live nearer to Paris, but they left behind a legacy of opulence we can enjoy today.

    In 1974 the Saint-Louis Foundation took over the administration of the castle and continues to carry out the restoration which began at the end of WWII.

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    CHATEAU D'AMBOISE

    by Helga67 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Chateau d'Amboise

    This castle stands on a flattened hill that was originally a Stone Age settlement, fortified in the Iron Age by a ditch and a rampart. In AD 503, Clovis, king of the Franks, met with Alaric, king of the Visigoths, at Amboise. But the 15th and 16th centuries were Amboise's golden age, when the castle, enlarged and embellished, became a royal palace. Charles VII stayed here, as did the unfortunate Charles VIII, best remembered for banging his head on a low doorway and dying as a result. The castle's interior is partly furnished, though not with the original objects; these vanished when the building was converted into a barracks and then a button factory.

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