France #6 $250.Went off the normal grid today and tried my hand at a gargoyle...
We have a long day planned today. We meet our guide Cecile (who we had a few days ago) in the city of Tours. We started in the Cathedral which is in a flamboyant Gothic style and had beautiful stained glass windows. We were able to tour a special part that brought us right next to gargoyles! We have never seen them up close, usually its ground level looking up. I am talking reach out and touch them close!
Linda was thrilled about this.
We then had a walking tour of Tours and stopped to see a lute maker, Didier Jarny. A treat our guide set up for us. He is one of 7 in Europe and trained 3 of them. He happily showed us his workshop. Almost made me want to order a lute!
Next we did a little shopping. I lost my cap along the way so the girls talked me into buying a new one at a hat shop.
We then stopped for a bottle of wine, went to market and picked up foods for a picnic and met Clement our boat guide. He built this boat, spoke little English and was SO French! We had a wonderful ride on the Loire River with a special picnic. Kathy is in the corner trying to figure out how we are getting on board!
Our day is not done...we are now off to Amboise. Took a guided tour of the Chateau and then did a special subterranean tour. We paid our respects to the final resting place of Leonardo and by now we are very tired.