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The Chateau de Chambord estate has been closed to the public due to severe flooding in the area.

EN IMAGES - Inondations : le château de Chambord cerné par les eaux, rêve de François Ier sur Orange Actualités
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The Château Royal d'Amboise (Prince Jean and Princess Philomena live on the domain) by evening: picture.
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Restoration of the Gardens of the Château de Chambord.

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After the March 31, 1661 marriage of Philippe de France, duc d'Orleans and Henrietta Anne of England, the Palais-Royal became the main residence of the House of Orleans.
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After King Henry II died in 1559, his widow Queen Catherine de' Medici made the Chateau de Chenonceau her own favorite residence.
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After King Henry II died in 1559, his widow Queen Catherine de' Medici made the Chateau de Chenonceau her own favorite residence.
It was the residence of Henri's infamous mistress Diane de Poitiers,Catherine now all powerful queen regent forced Diane to exchange her beloved Chateau de Chenonceau for the Château de Chaumont.

Henri's death was Diane's downfall.
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It was the residence of Henri's infamous mistress Diane de Poitiers,Catherine now all powerful queen regent forced Diane to exchange her beloved Chateau de Chenonceau for the Château de Chaumont.

Henri's death was Diane's downfall.

I got to visit both a few years ago, and fell in love with Chaumont-sur-Loire.

A step down for Diane, but it had - and still does - the best stables in Europe, and a wonderful position.

By chance - more than by design - I visited six of the so called "ten best" Chateaux in a matter of a few days.

Travelling by local train and walking - and no language skills and not young.

A wonderful experience - and off season, so no crowds.

Got lost at times, but worked it out - didn't have maps either, just up for the experience.

(Got far more lost doing the same thing in the Rhine - that was a bit more scary, lost in those forests a few times trying to find the track to the castles!)

If you ever think you would like to see these places, please allow yourself.

Very cheap when you do it yourself - you don't need an organized group, that can be very limiting time-wise too.

Very do-able, don't miss out - all sorts of amazing places ordinary people can go to these days.
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A step down for Diane, but it had - and still does - the best stables in Europe, and a wonderful position.
She also retained the even nicer Château d'Anet but more importantly she kept her head
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She also retained the even nicer Château d'Anet but more importantly she kept her head
And I alway picture her as Lana Turner, from that old Roger Moore movie An Ard Ri - which isn't really right!

She sounded like a capable and motivated person from what she did for the property when she was in charge of Chenoneau.
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And I alway picture her as Lana Turner, from that old Roger Moore movie An Ard Ri - which isn't really right!

She sounded like a capable and motivated person from what she did for the property when she was in charge of Chenoneau.
Ha ha I'm sure Diane would have been quite happy with Lana Turner playing her on the big screen
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Yesterday I saw the last part of documentary series about Leonardo da Vinci. He died at the Château d'Amboise. In the documentary it was told that it was still owned by the heirs of Louis-Philippe d'Orléans, placed in the foundation Saint-Louis.

I believe Prince Jean lives at a mansion on the site of the Château d'Amboise. But where did his father Prince Henri live? In Dreux?

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Leonardo da Vinci died on the grounds of Amboise at the Château du Clos Lucé on May 2nd,1519.His remains were were originally buried at the Collégiale Saint-Florentin du Château d'Amboise but were thrown into a pit in 1793 when the church was vandalized and pillaged and later torn down.The alleged bones of Leonardo da Vinci were re-discovered in 1863 and were reburied at the Chapelle Saint-Hubert inside the chateau.

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Leonardo da Vinci died on the grounds of Amboise at the Château du Clos Lucé on May 2nd,1519.His remains were were originally buried at the Collégiale Saint-Florentin du Château d'Amboise but were thrown into a pit in 1793 when the church was vandalized and pillaged and later torn down.The alleged bones of Leonardo da Vinci were re-discovered in 1863 and were reburied at the Chapelle Saint-Hubert inside the chateau.

That picture of François I holding the dying Leonardo is a romanticization. The King was some 70 km away when Leonardo died at the manoir Clos-Lucé, near the Château d'Amboise.
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That's correct it was a 19th century of romanticist painting of François I and the dauphin at the death bed of Leonardo da Vinci .Seeing as François I did not make it to deathbed of his devoted mother Louise de Savoie there was considerable artistic licence
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So many to choose from Chenonceau,Chambord,Amoise and Blois!

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