Loire Valley – Picture Post

Chateau at Azay le Rideau.  We just watched around the grounds on our first day here, waiting for our VRBO host.

Chateau at Azay le Rideau. We just watched around the grounds on our first day here, waiting for our VRBO host.

A shot from the back of Chateau Langeais, which was built in 1465 by King Louis XI.  It was being renovated, but it had a working drawbridge and we could walk all along the top.

A shot from the back of Chateau Langeais, which was built in 1465 by King Louis XI. It was being renovated, but it had a working drawbridge and we could still explore inside and walk all along the top.

Noble knights

Noble knights or goof balls?

Chillin' at Chateau Langeais

Chillin’ at Chateau Langeais

 

We could scratch our mark into the soft tufa stone in a parapet of one of the chateaus we visited.  Kinda neat!

Along the parapet of Chateau Langeais, there were tools and a sign encouraging us to scratch our mark into a new wall of the soft tufa stone. Kinda neat!

Just waiting for Mom and Dad.  We are still loving our new TinTin books!

Just waiting for Mom and Dad. We are still loving our new Tintin books!

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Near the entrance to the Troglodyte Valley of Goupillieres. Quaint, isn’t it?

A little chilly, Ethan?

A little chilly, Ethan?

Raise the roof!  Our VRBO was awesome!

Raise the roof! Our VRBO is awesome!

James dropped his snorkel mask into the pool and this was his attempt to get it out without actually jumping into the water.

James dropped his snorkel mask into the pool and this was his attempt to get it out without actually jumping into the water.

Go, Mattie, go!

Go, Mattie, go!

James' turn!

James’ turn!

A vineyard that we visited.  Historically, they stored the wine in underground tufa caves which kept everything at the right temperature and humidity.

A vineyard, Chateau de L’Aulée, that we visited near our VRBO. Can you imagine getting to live on this property?

Down inside the tufa caves where they stored wine.

Down inside the tufa caves at the vineyard, where historically they stored wine as it was the perfect temperature and humidity.

The vines.  We had a little audio guide as was went on a self guided tour of the property.

The vines. We had a little audio guide as we went on a self guided walking tour of the property.

Chateau Usse

Chateau Usse

Picnic near the river before heading up to the Site Troglodyte.

Picnic near the river before heading up to the Site Troglodyte.

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Can you guess what the large golf tee is  used for?

Can you guess what the large golf tee is used for?

Don't even ask!

Don’t even ask!

Leah

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