October 3, 2011

Travel Series - Blois, France

We caught a train in Paris and made our way to the Loire Valley of France, where we stayed in the quaint town of Blois.  We didn't reserve accommodations ahead of time because we didn't know exactly when we would be arriving to Blois or how long we would want to stay, so the first thing we did once we arrived was find accommodations.  It is easier to do this in a smaller town when everything is centrally located and you don't have to travel far to seek out hotels.  The first place we found was a B&B that wasn't far from the train station and a short walk to town.  It's always a bonus to find a place that has a great price and includes breakfast.  We were sure to fill up our bellies on that first meal! 

We toured the Royal Chateau de Blois - the residence of several French kings.

The interior facade spans three different architectural styles:  Gothic, Classic & Renaissance. 

Next on the agenda - some much needed laundry...

 ...in a sink.  I don't think this was allowed, but we were desperately in need of clean socks and undies.  It had to be done.

{My new and obviously improved tourist pose}
After all that hard work, we decided to treat ourselves to a romantic dinner.

As we sat under a canopy of trees, enjoying our chilled wine and delicious meal - it began to rain.  People started moving indoors and our waiter asked if we wanted to do the same, but instead we repositioned an umbrella over our table and decided to wait it out.   We are from Portland, Oregon (where it rains a lot).  We aren't going to let a little bit of rain ruin our evening of dining al fresco.  Then it started to rain sideways.  We went inside. 

The next day we rented bikes and rode through the french countryside past vineyards, open meadows and cute little towns.  It was breathtaking.  We stopped at a boulangerie and bought a baguette for a snack.  I felt like I was in a movie...that takes place in heaven.  After a couple of hours, we made our way to Chateau de Chambord.

It was like finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Someone suggested that we take a different route back, which consisted of a bike trail that suddenly ended into a field.  Pedaling through tall grass = impossible.  Then turning around and being forced to frantically pedal along a highway as cars passing by honked, of course.  Someone else was happy.

Then we stumbled upon this sight for sore eyes.  Which made things a bit better...

Check back for the next part of the travel series! 


  1. Beautiful photos and an amazing trip! France is definitely next on my list. :)

  2. So so gorgeous! I have been DYING to go back to France.

  3. I am so jealous of all the beautiful pictures and the places that you got to see and experience!

  4. Wow....that is so beautiful!

  5. love how you hung your washing! too cute xxx

  6. What a fun series, I can't wait to see the rest! These places don't even look real, it's so beautiful :)

  7. Great pictures! I visited France over the summer and went to Chambord as well - it's a shame it hasn't been better utilized.

  8. chateau de chambord is absolutely STUNNING!!! i never really crave a trip to france that often, but this is making me want one now!!!

    excited to see the rest :) great blog! have a great weekend love!

  9. Wow, amazing pictures. They are all so beautiful. (I LOVE the first one!) It looks like a wonderful place to travel to!


  10. I love, love, love your travel series!

  11. I had two great photo tours in France, one in the night and the other in the daytime. I learned a great deal about photography as well as how to identify a picture in a scene, composition, and camera settings. David tuned right into me and my skill level and knew how to teach me what I most needed to learn. He was wonderful, even taking a subway to a hardware store in order to fix a technical problem with the camera I had brought with me, and bringing an umbrella because it was raining on the second day. I recommend this service to anyone interested in good service www.privatetoursinistanbul.com great photography, and a wonderful learning experience also we attend all tours in France especially in Paris.

  12. These are wonderful photos and I love all of your stories to go along with your travels. I came across your blog from Long Distance Loving...I also love Portland and plan to move there one day...after living in Germany though with the German boyfriend [talk about long distance...] so I love all of the Portland posts too! Have a happy New Years :)


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