The Santa Maria delle Grazie is a church and Dominican convent in Milan, Italy.  One of its claims to fame is the 15th century mural of The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci.  Although it was one of the few walls of the to survive WWII bombings, the mural is decaying so quickly that only a […]

If you don’t know what to expect, seeing the Mona Lisa, or La Joconde as she’s called at home in France, can be a bit of a letdown.  The portrait which has been called the best known, most visited, most written about, most sung about, and most parodied work of art in the world is only […]

The Chateau de Chambord is the largest castle in the Loire Valley.  It was built as a hunting lodge for King Francois I, in part to be near his mistress th Comtesse de Thoury who lived at the Chateau de Muides nearby, but was never completed.   Instead Francois I maintained his royal residences at […]

One chateau down, seven more to go!  I’ve heard Clos Luce referred to as both a chateau and a manor.  The official website refers to Clos Luce as a chateau, so I will do the same from here on out. Chateau du Clos Luce is just down the road from the Chateau d’Amboise in the Loire Valley […]

Dedicated to the patron saint of hunting, the St. Hubert Chapel at the Chateau d’Amboise also contains the grave of Leonardo da Vinci.  Da Vinci was a close friend of King Francois I, and legend has it that secret tunnels connect the Chateau d’Amboise with the Clos Luce Manor where Leonardo spent his final years […]