Recent family visit explains the delay in blog updates. We had a visit from my in-laws, K and R, from the States.
Funny, their name almost sounds like a ranch name, huh?
"Welcome to the K & R Bar None. Reckon I'll see ya around..."
Anyway, they came in on a Saturday and left on a Monday, spending 10 glorious days with us! Here's a picture guide of a few of the activities we did.
Went to Paris to see the Paris Marathon and heard a drumline at the Place de la Concorde playing for the runners.
|Can you feel the excitement?!|
|I like to call this shot, "Empty Chairs at Empty Fountains"|
Then we relaxed in the Luxembourg Gardens and got to hear a free live band concert performed by a CA high school on tour. So neat and the children were very talented.
|The kids clinging to the railing were so cute. Band groupies. Got to love them!|
Tuesday we went to Tours, France to see some châteaux of the Loire valley with an English tour guide.
|The last time I was here was 7 years ago with my best friend, GNP, on a backpacking tour through Europe.|
After that we went to a new chateau called Clos le Lucé also known as the château of Leonardo DaVinci, great inventor and mentor to the French king, François the 1st.
|The back of the château|
|One of the inner rooms|
|The grounds where his inventions were displayed|
|First bike and car|
|R and K admiring a tank|
The best part for me? Seeing quotes of an Italian inventor on the walls in French.
Quick French lesson. Go!
|Answer: Who can stop hatred except love?|
|Answer: Science is the captain, and Practice, it is the soldiers.|
Francois the 1st really liked Leonardo. So much so that he built an underground tunnel to access the chateau from Amboise to Clos le Lucé.
|Amboise, viewed from the back of the château.|
|Underground passage linking the two castles.|
Pretty neat, huh?
I guess that's all for now.
Tune in next time for April in France-Part 2, where we go to Giverny and Versailles.