Of all the places we visited and of all the things we saw during the years we lived in Europe when I was a child, I can’t believe that my parents never took us to visit the chateaux of the Loire Valley.  I’ve been teasing my mom that it has become obvious to me that I lived a deprived childhood.  (Please know that I’m only joking.  I realize how lucky I was to have the travel experiences I had!)

The castles of the Loire Valley are beyond gorgeous, and I experienced love at first sight with each and every castle we visited earlier this month.  The first stop on Castle Tour 2012 was Amboise.  Based upon its strategic location on a spur above the Loire River, a Gallic oppidum (an Iron Age structure dating back to the 2nd and 1st centuries BC) once sat on the site of the present day Chateau d’Amboise.  Like several castles we visited, the structure was expanded and improved over time.  In 1434 the chateau was seized by Charles VII of France after its owner, Louis d’Amboise, was convicted of plotting against Louis XI and condemned to be executed.

What do you think?  Do you have a favorite of the three Chateau d’Amboise exterior shots below?

Chateau d’Amboise Exterior Photo #1.

Chateau d’Amboise Exterior Photo #2.

Chateau d’Amboise Exterior Photo #3.

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About Sage Scott

Shutterbug Sage began as a 365 photo project.


Architecture, Castle, Photography, Travel


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