Thursday morning, June 20th, we meandered around the Loire Valley not far from Chinon, visiting some famous castles including Chateau Usse, known as the Fairy-Tale Cinderella castle, and Chateau de Langeais, first built in 992, destroyed in the Hundred Years' War, rebuilt again in 1465, and best known as the site of the wedding of Anne of Brittany to King Charles VIII in 1491.
|Chateau Usse, The Cinderella Castle|
Below is a Google satellite view of the Hotel Chateau d'Artigny near the town of Montbazon, not too far from Tours in the Loire Valley. According to Laurent, this is one of the most expensive hotels in all France. He inadvertently forgot to book us rooms there, so he took us up to the entrance so we could see what we missed.
Our destination for the night was Loches where we would rendezvous with Carole at the Hotel de France.
The Hotel de France in Loches is an old hotel with lovely spacious rooms. This is the view of the courtyard from our room.
Carole arrived from Tours in the late afternoon. From his expression, I think Laurent was happy to see her.
The view from our room after sunset.
I wonder what's behind the green door. I'm not telling...maybe Penny will.
After dinner, we made the climb up to the Chateau de Loches, perched above the town, built for and used by Henry II of England and his son Richard The Lionheart during the 12th century. The compound includes the ancient Church of Saint-Ours which grew from a 500 AD monastery founded by St. Ours himself.