That one time in Amboise, France

For our 15th anniversary we went to Amboise, France. Un voyage en amoureux.

Amboise is a small town along the Loire River about 2 hours south of Paris.

S’il vous plaît, take a quick tour back there with me.

Chateau d'Amboise Not So SAHM

Chateau d’Amboise

There’s a castle looking over the city. This was once the home of the French royal court. It was so peaceful exploring the grounds. Amboise is not overrun with tourists. At least it wasn’t then in June. Maybe it is in August when every Frenchman is on vacation.

Chateau d'Amboise Not So SAHM

Chateau d’Amboise along the Loire

Amboise Castle Gargoyle Not So SAHM

Gargoyles everywhere on the chateau!

Love me some gargoyles. I took way too many pictures of them. My husband was probably ready to rip the camera from my hands. Maybe one day I’ll show you more of them, plus the ones at the National Cathedral in D.C.

The Loire River at sunset. Très romantique!

Loire River sunset Amboise, France Not So SAHM

Sunset on the Loire

The hot air balloons lifted off every evening while we were there.

Hot air balloons over the Loire, Amboise, France Not So SAHM

Hot air balloons over the Loire

The narrow streets were very charming. Si charmante!

Narrow shop streets in Amboise, France Not So SAHM

Narrow shop streets

Street in Amboise, France Not So SAHM

Downtown street

I couldn’t stop taking pictures. ALL THE CHARM!

Charcuterie, Amboise, France Not So SAHM

A Charcuterie

Some parts were very aslatian.

Traditional facades in Amboise, France Not So SAHM

Traditional facades on the shops

At the edge of town the houses were built into the rock. I think they used to be low rent dwellings where the poor could afford to live. I think now they’re getting expensive to rent/own.

Houses built into the rocks Amboise, France Not So SAHM

A “troglo”

Below is one of my favorite chemins in Amboise. Sigh. Up the hill are tiny houses with large gardens and impossibly small streets, walkways really, curving every which way. The hospital sits at the top of the hill, and across the street from it is their cemetery. We got a macabre chuckle out of that. Sorry.

Narrow walkway in Amboise, France Not So SAHM

Narrow walkway up the hill

Door Amboise, France Not So SAHM

Beautiful, simple architecture

Everything in Amboise was charming. Am I using that word too much?

Florist in Amboise, France Not So SAHM

Florist – Chic et Champs

Hot air balloons over Amboise, France   Not So SAHM

Supper and hot air balloons

This was our dinner view on our first night. Amboise welcomed us spectacularly!

And oh, the things we ate. . .

Escargot in Amboise, France Not So SAHM

Escargot!

Creme brulee in Amboise, France  Not So SAHM

Creme brulee!

Mon préféré!

My husband had moules frites several times. . .

Moules frites, Amboise France  Not So SAHM

Moules frites

The only way to eat mussels is with french fries and beer (that’s my Coke).

Cherries in open air market Amboise, France Not So SAHM

Les cerises

The open-air market. We stopped here our second day and stocked up on fresh fruits, veggies, eggs, cheese, meat, and apple juice. Mon Dieu. This is what I made one night. . .

Supper Amboise, France Not So SAHM

Supper from the open air market

We were in a very tiny apartment, but it did have a closet with a window, a single or double burner, a sink and a fridge, so it was considered a kitchen. Oh, and kitchen had a slanted roof so you couldn’t stand up straight very well. But I loved every minute of cooking there.

Statue of da Vinci Amboise, France Not So SAHM

da Vinci as Perseus with Medusa

This is a bronze statue of one of Amboise’s most famous residents. Leonardo da Vinci came to live here in the last years of his life. He died in Amboise. This statue, da Vinci as Perseus, is actually on a little island, l’Ile d’Or, in the middle of the Loire.

Medusa's face, Amboise, France Not So SAHM

Medusa’s face

A…n….d… now I want to go back. Time to save up those centimes!

Passez une bonne journée!
                     Not So SAHM

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