Chateau de Amboise

As I mentioned in my post a couple of days ago, we spent some time in Amboise in the Loire Valley of France.  We really enjoyed this little town.  Though I expected to enjoy the place, I think I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.  I tend to travel to cities the majority of the time, and while I don’t consider myself a “big city” person, I do enjoy seeing big cities.

But this little town was just pretty awesome all around, and I am glad we got to spend a few days there.  It’s funny how travel open your eyes a bit.  You learn things about yourself, what you like, and what you don’t like.  It’s interesting.

Anyways, the town has a chateau/castle situated on top of the hill in town, dominating everything around it.  The guidebooks we read mostly focused on all the other fabulous chateaux in the area (Chambord, Chenonceau, etc) and while they are fabulous, I feel like the Chateau de Amboise deserves a bit more attention.

It’s not nearly as large (and certainly not as famous) as the others, but it’s a great place and well worth a visit if you find yourself nearby.  Interestingly, it also has the tomb of Leonardo da Vinci there, which is incredible (as you might expect).  I’ll save the pics of Leonardo’s final resting place for another time, though.

So if you find yourself in the Loire Valley, I highly recommend the town of Amboise as your base, and be sure and visit the Chateau de Amboise when there!