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Report 1939: Chateaux, Rillettes, Sunflowers, Mistral and Tour de France Triumphal Finish

By Anastasia from Canada, Summer 2011

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Page 6 of 28: Clos Luce and Amboise, with Lunch at l'Epicerie

photo by me

Clos luce

In the morning we drove to Amboise for a visit to Clos Luce Leonardo Da Vinci museum and gardens.

As we stopped on the road for a picture of sunflowers, I noticed a dog running towards us. Suddenly, the dog turned towards the sunflowers and I exclaimed, "It's a rabbit!" We could see his big ears from profile. It was a big rabbit.

If you have children, Clos Luce it is a good place to go, although I and my husband found it interesting and pleasant experience. At one point I didnít know who was more excited by all the machines and miniature models. If you are a technical person or if engineering interests you like us you will find it very interesting too. Groups of children and adults go there, so it is good to arrive early. We spent about 2.5 hours there as the weather was nice. We did learn that Leonardo was very human and he had difficulties finishing a project, he was so busy. Well, I know someone who has hard time finishing things in home repairs...

We then drove downtown Amboise for lunch and visit. We couldn't easily find the restaurant because of our GPS directions, but it was in the street facing the castle walls. After visiting le Clos Luce we parked easily in the road parking along the river and walked a bit into the pedestrian area of Amboise.

We were seated at the terrace. We chose a Ä22 menu. Our son went with child menu and received a very nicely presented steak hache with a fried egg on top and fries. Our son, who is usually shy, exclaimed a big wow! We had to ask the steak cooked a bit longer and his plate changed. He then had a choice of ice creams. The personnel were very kind and patient, they served us with smile and talked to our son every time they served us.

I went with a soup, very good and nicely presented and my husband chose the terrine. Followed by duck confit with delicious potatoes. I didn't find the duck to be crisp, but it was good. We had a cheese plate with three pieces of cheese, one of which reminded me a havarti cheese. Then I chose a crumble, which was very tasty, but too sweet for me (I donít like too sweet and on rare occasions have a dessert). My husband had the apple pie, which was not too sweet. He finished my crumble, but found it very sweet too. The food was all very good and the wine, a rose was good, but I found the restaurant to be more rustic than the restaurant in Bracieux. My husband was happy to see big plates of food, but I couldn't finish all my potatoes. The visit of Amboise that followed was more difficult for my husband, since he ate a lot. A very good experience in Amboise.

After such big meal we took the small train, it was difficult to walk right after. Our son enjoys these trains. We then walked around for more pictures before going to our car. We stopped at the supermarket, so I could buy several terrines; they were cheaper in the Loire and very good. We enjoyed duck and rabbit terrines particularly.

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