The pictures below were taken while staying in the Loire Valley area during June of 2006.  Our home base was Amboise where we could drive very short distances to see the beautiful chateaux that are near the Loire River.  We visited this area during our 2004 trip, but decided we needed to see yet a few more chateaux in the area.  Just like 2004, we took the Chunnel from London to Paris (very enjoyable), and then stayed in Paris before departing for Amboise.

If you haven't read the story of our trip to France this year you can read it here.

(click any picture to enlarge)

Musee D'Orsay from across the
Seine River in Paris, France.

 

Another view of Musee D'Orsay.
 

 

Tuillerie Gardens in Paris.


 

Arch as you head from Tuillerie Gardens
towards the Louvre in Paris.

 

The glass pyramid entrance for the Louvre.

 

 

One of the salons in the Louvre. This picture
gives you an idea how large the paintings
can be.

 

Chris, Steff, and Derek eating with
Amboise and the Loire River
in the background.

 

Entrance to Chateau de Pressigny Le Grand.

 

 

Steff, Derek and Chris at Pressigny.

 

 

Pressigny tower remains.

 

 

Steff, Steve and Derek at Pressigny.

 

Pressigny

 

Loches

 

Loches

 

 
Loches

 

 
Montressor

 

Montressor

 

Montressor

 

Montressor

 

Villandry

 

Villandry

 

Villandry

 

Villandry

 

Villandry

 

Villandry

 

 
Villandry

 

 
Azay-le-Rideau

 

Azay-le-Rideau

 

Azay-le-Rideau

 

Azay-le-Rideau

 

Azay-le-Rideau

 

Azay-le-Rideau

 

Azay-le-Rideau

 

Azay-le-Rideau

 

 
Azay-le-Rideau

 

 
Usse

 

Usse

 

Usse

 

Usse

 

Usse

 

Usse

 

 
Usse

 

 
Chinon

 

Chinon

 

Richelieu

 

Richelieu

 

Chateau-Rivaux

 

 

Chateau-Rivaux
Note the detail hammered in to
the limestone to make it fancy.

 

Chateau-Rivaux
Dining hall showing ceiling artwork.

 

Chateau-Rivaux
Dining Hall
 

 

Chateau-Rivaux
Old water well.

 

Chateau-Rivaux


 

Chateau-Rivaux
 

 

Chateau-Rivaux
Fairy tale view.
 

 

Chateau-Rivaux
Chris admiring the lavender.
  

 

Chateau-Rivaux


 
 
Chateau-Rivaux
Beautiful garden view.

 

 
Chateau-Rivaux
Steff resting in a garden.
  

 

Chateau-Rivaux
Derek also taking it easy.
  

 

Chateau de Chenonceau
Tree-lined view approaching
the chateau.

 

Chenonceau
Entrance to the chateau.
 

 

Chenonceau
Steff and Derek at the entrance.

 

Chenonceau
Garden view from the chateau.

 

Chenonceau
Another view of the gardens.

 

Chenonceau


 
 
Chenonceau
Bed chamber with lots of detail.

 

Chenonceau
Another view of a garden.

 

Chenonceau
I like garden views.

 

Chenonceau


 
 
Blois
Courtyard

 

Blois
Courtyard

 

Blois
Fireplace with
famous portraits.

 

Blois
Adjacent bedroom fireplace,
note the symbols.

 

Blois
Cafe outside where they had
a strange show with music. Note
the salamanders (or whatever they are)
extending from the windows.

 

Blois
Back side of the Blois chateau as
you see it when approaching from
the parking area. Very impressive.


 
Musee d'Orsay
The art pictures taken in the museum
don't do the original paintings justice,
but thought I would add some of the
many that I took for your viewing pleasure.

 

Musee d'Orsay


 


 

Musee d'Orsay

 

Musee d'Orsay

 

Musee d'Orsay
 
Musee d'Orsay
 
Musee d'Orsay
A good test is to see how many
of the famous people in this
portrait you can identify.

 

Musee d'Orsay
Beautiful floor and gilded ceiling.



 
Musee d'Orsay
Note the ceiling detail.
 

 

Musee d'Orsay
Beautiful sculpture made out
of a single piece of alabaster.

 

 
Musee d'Orsay
Another fine example of sculpture
to the extreme.
 
 
Paris - Bersoly's Hotel
Steff practicing her French
with Said regarding our trip.
Said was very helpful as on past
trips and after all these years, we
consider him our friend in Paris.

 

Paris - Gare du Nord Train Station
This was the final picture taken as
we left Paris for London via the Chunnel.


 

 

 

Be sure and check out our pictures from the2004 France Normandy trip here.

 

 

All Graphics & Text Steve Corley

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