Odyssey 2018 – Another jewel of the Loire Valley; Mitchell & Dee Bitting; Travel Blog

France – The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes

This afternoon we visited yet another of the châteaux for which this area is famous, thanks to the generous offer of our lovely and charming hostess, Sophie. She insisted upon driving us to the village of Azay-le-Rideau, located about 15 miles southwest of Tours, so that we could visit one of the most beautiful Renaissance buildings in the Loire Valley, the Château d’Azay-le-Rideau.

We arrived at the entrance to the château at 3 o’clock, and Sophie would return to collect us at 4:30, telling us she would do some shopping in the village. But I suspect she parked nearby, and then passed the time on her smart-phone, while sitting in the car, until it was time to rejoin us! Dee and I cannot even begin to express our gratitude for all the kindnesses Sophie has extended to us during our stay; she is one very special lady.

As we walked approached the château, it gave us the impression of a much smaller, more intimate hideaway than the larger châteaux we’d visited earlier in the week.

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