Category Blois

Europe 2022 – Loire Valley, Part Four

June 9 – 14 After another hearty breakfast at the hotel, we packed up our bags, checked out, and then walked just down the block to Detours de Loire, the company I would be renting a bike from.  In addition to the rental, they would be transferring our bags from stop to stop.  We’ve embraced […]

Europe 2022 – Loire Valley, Part Three

June 9 – 14 We had some time to relax at the bus stop before its arrival, and then a ride of 20-minutes or so before landing at Château de Chambord for the rest of the afternoon.  We walked from the bus stop to the entrance to pay our entry fee of 14-euros apiece, the […]

Europe 2022 – Loire Valley, Part Two

June 9 – 14 Because of its history, the Loire Valley is home to more than a thousand castles and palaces of all shapes and sizes.  When a “valley address” became a must-have among 16th-century hunting-crazy royalty, rich Renaissance palaces replaced outdated medieval castles.  Hundreds of these castles and palaces are open to visitors, and […]

Europe 2022 – Loire Valley, Part One

June 9 – 14 The next morning would signal the beginning of our true test of the train system and also take us into uncharted territory, the Loire Valley.  We would be spending two nights in Blois and to get there would require taking a couple of trains, beginning with the first out of Paris’ […]