Loire Valley, some might refer it as one of the best regions in France. After spending a day there, I couldn’t agree more.
Loire Valley is best to roam around in car within the 270 kilometers span. There are many castles scattered throughout the cities of Angers, Tours and Orleans. Public transportation can get a little tricky and time consuming. While driving alone may cost a bomb, perhaps you can consider joining a tour agent. In the city of Tours itself, it is not difficult to find an affordable tour agent.
Some castles in Loire Valley are pure inspiration to the mind, be it real or frictional. One of the most popular castles is the Marlinspike Hall. This castle is best known for the Haddock’s mansion, in”The Adventures of Tintin”. The castle was modeled after the center section of Chateau de Cheverny. If you are a fan of Tintin, you are never going to mind paying extra for the Tintin exhibition.
Another notable replica is The Founder’s Building at University of London, it is apparent to see that it was deeply inspired by Chateau de Chambord. It has a pretty close resemblance, apart from the use of different materials to build the castle.
So I read about the Chambord some time back, but I never thought the real experience would be this mind blowing. With over-the-top architectural designs, 365 chimneys and 440 rooms, I stood in awe at the face of the Chateau Chambord, even before I could land my feet into the exquisitely crafted building. The double helix spiral staircase is a prominent feature upon the entrance of the castle, these two staircases spiral separately into the third floor. If two persons walk apart up the two staircases, they can see each other but they will never meet.
All in all, 1 day is too short to explore Loire Valley, 2-3 days would be ideal to view and visit these great castles. I guess I’m lucky enough to drop by Chambord, Cheverny, Amboise and Chaumont. Loire Valley, I’m not done yet, I’ll be back!