A Lovely Town on the Loire River
The chateau not as great as the story
I would like to live here.
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.more
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.more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
The Hotel Le Manoir les Minimes is a beautiful accommodation located in the town of Amboise. It lies...more
Auberge de Launay is located across the river and a couple miles or so away from "down town"...more
This hotel is about 20 miles out of Amboise and in the countryside. It is a lovely place with large...more
Before the son-et-lumière show at the castle we dined in the garden of this simple restaurant where the owner did the meat on the barbecue.Google on the restaurant name to get some more info. It's been a while since I was here but I remember having an enjoyable meal.more
Oh dear. New owners I'm afraid and the celebrated chef Jacqueline has gone. The food was a great disappointment after our previous experiences. We have stayed here many times in the hotel and I was expecting a treat. Last visit May 2012.Still a beautiful location, but as they say, you can dine in a palace, but if the food is not good, it's hardly...more
Chez Hippeau is a brasserie by the Hotel de Ville in Amboise. There is parking by the Loire river and a lovely walk along the dikes. There are benches and flowers and it's a lovely way to start your visit of Amboise.When you spot the chateau, head up the hill toward it and you will immediately notice Chez Hippeau on your right. If it is a nice day,...more
The Golden Lion is a delightful restaurant located along the Loire River in Amboise. Since it was just down the street from our hotel, we thought we would give it a try and we were glad that we did. The nicely decorated restaurant has a comfortable feel to it, especially the large fireplace at the end of the room.The service was very good and...more
A family run restaurant, L'Alliance was a very nice place to relax and enjoy a quality meal. As it is located right next door to a hotel, the majority of the patrons seemed to be tourists. That said, the service and food were both good. The food was delicious. We chose the prix fixe menu and enjoyed it very much. There were plenty of choices, all...more
Restaurant L'Epicerie is located directly across the street from the Amboise Chateau. It's a cute little restaurant serving what I would call French country fare. Simple, family style meals that are delicious and plentiful.The clientele was a mix of tourists and locals, all seeming to be enjoying their meals and each other's company. Mostly french...more
A French son-et-lumière is always a spectacle for young and old. The backdrop is the castle with the surrounding grounds. Lots of horses, dogs, actors, carts, wagons are involved. A bit of fighting noise and fireworks. Singing and dancing... a historic story with a dash of romance, usually.
The big spectacles are in French but the story is 'thin' enough for you to understand ;-)
I can't remember what the story was at Amboise, but it's a feast for the eye and very entertaining.
Google "son et lumiere amboise" for the most current info on calendar and reservations.
Dress Code: No dress code, but the venue is in the open air and late at night.
Paris to Amboise by Train:Trains from Paris to Bayeux leave from Paris Austerlitz station, in the 13th arrondissement. Métro lines 5 and 10 as well as the RER C stop there. The first one in the morning leaves a little after 7AM, and run almost continually after that, especially at rush hours. Ticket prices vary widely depending on what time of day...more
We used Acco-Dispo for transportation and touring while in Amboise. They have tours that can be booked on just about every day and are also available for private tours. We actually took advantage of both services.We booked a day long chateau tour and along with five others, we had a wonderful day exploring various chateaux. The vehicle was...more
There is a train station in Amboise that is about 1km from the town center. We were able to catch a train from Gare Austerlitz in Paris directly to Amboise. From Amboise, it is pretty easy to connect to towns throughout the Loire, however, many of those connections will go through Tours.more
While traveling around we encountered a few street performers that made us smile. My favorite of all the performers are the accordion players who are good and play the music that lets me know I'm in France.
If they're good, we always tip them and I will always ask for a photo.
The castle at Amboise offers a Son et Lumière which is a wonderful show of actors, light and sound effects, depicting the history of the castle, its inhabitants and history of the region.
When you buy tickets do not reserve seats on the back row. The view to the show is fine but if you are afraid of heights, there's a very deep drop if you dare to look over your shoulder.
That back row namely, is right on the edge of the castle wall. Although I haven't estimated, it may be a drop of 20-30 metres.
It's perfectly safe, but not good for the stomach of some!
The 2nd photo in this tip is even more scary!
I'm not sure this qualifies as "off the beaten path" since these are also famous chateaus. However, Amboise is a good base for exploring the area since it's easy to drive and to get in and out of town. There are many wonderful chateaus within an easy drive so take advantage of it and visit:Chaumont, east of Amboise on the Loire, is a gorgeous...more
I knew that Leonardo DaVinci had lived his last few years in Amboise and was burried somewhere in the area. I intended to try to find out where sometime during our 3 days in Amboise. It turned out that I didn't have to. On the way out after going through Chateau Amboise I noticed a little white building sitting off by itself and decided to walk...more
We were looking to just take a drive and explore the area around Amboise. We saw Montresor mentioned in one of the books as one of the most beautiful villages in the area so we decided to check it out. It is. While the town is beautiful, the highlight of this little side trip was the Chateau. It is unlike any of the other Chateaus that we had been...more
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...more
My favourite part of Amboise was being able to visit the Clos Lucé, although a lot of it had to do with being with the right people at the right time. It was our first full day in France and we had just seen the Chateau de Chambord and were now admist Leonardo da Vinci's home goofing off in the garden. It was a bit surreal. I loved exploring...more