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The Chateaux of the Loire

Touring the Chateaux

sunny 23 °C

Today we were up bright and early - walked 30 mins to the office of F Com France in Rue L'Echelle. We'd pre-booked two tours - Loire and Versailles
At 7.30am we boarded a very comfortable red touring coach (Savac). Our guide, Nathalie, from F Com France was very friendly and patient.
After 3 hours driving we reached the first chateau, Chenonceau. With guide book in hand we explored the chateau at our own pace for an hour or so. This was a magnificent Chateau with richly furnished rooms.
We then travelled half an hour to Chateau Cherveny with its most ornate Chenonceau

Chenonceau

Chambord

Chambord

furnishing and decor.
Our third Chateau was the largest chateau - Chambord, built by the young King Francis Ist. This has a beautiful building but the inside has been only partly furnished.

We would thoroughly recommend this tour with FCom France. It was very reasonably priced and very well organised.

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Versailles

Afternoon at Castle of Versailles

sunny 24 °C

Hall of Battles - Versailles

Hall of Battles - Versailles

This afternoon (Thursday) we again toured with F Com France - this time on a full bus and only a 40 mins trip to Versailles. great weather.
We spent 3 hours enjoying the absolute opulance of this huge castle of 700 rooms. Built by King Louis the Fourteenth (1682 - 1789).
[Versailles

Versailles

]
Versailles was the seat of absolute monarchy. We were astounded by the huge paintings adorning walls and ceilings, surrounded by ornate guilded balustrades.
We spent time in the magnificent manicured gardens surrounding the palace.
[Gardens of Versailles

Gardens of Versailles

Versailles

Versailles

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