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December 25, 2015

There is time again for Amboise!

Funny I came back to take some pictures in the lovely town of Amboise, this is an area I come often to get my house wines but just realise last time post on it was from March 2011!!! Amboise is Worth more than that! The tourist office is here,

Always magical coming over from Limeray over the bridge over the river Loire into Amboise;park by the bords of the Loire and walk into Under the beffroi or clocktower on rue François I. You will come into Place Michel Debré and the magnificent castle is on your left .

Do you know Amboise, or  Ambacia in Latin means between two bodies of water? .  The name give reference to its geographical location between the plains of  Châteliers that falls into the Valley of the Loire and the Amasse rivers.

We were at the end of a long trip gathering our wines so we did not go Inside the castle this time already done that several times. We did walk all over and around and into the wonderful Clos Lucé of Léonard de Vinci fame, not going in either but walking the Streets in a festive Christmas period is wonderful for the soul. And see the candles facing the Loire in the Amboise Amboise(old city hall or hotel de ville).

We had our dinner at the Anne de Bretagne resto right in the corner before moving up to the castle, friendly place, nice talkative servers, and good food at reasonable price. We had our onion soups, galette St Jacques (scallops) steak and fries, spaghetti bolognaise, galette canard confit (duck) croque madame sandwich (with the egg) plenty of Stella Artois beers, coffee expressos,and diabolo menthe all for 19.36€ per person!

For desserts we prefer going across the street to the Bigot Chocolatier-Pâtisserie-Boulangerie-Salon de Thé; wonderful sweets of different tastes for all and very good,

We went first to limeray to visit our wines at Domaine Dutertre, long time customers of their and many prizes for its consistant Loire wines of the appellation Amboise-Touraine.

We came by car from South of Blois, but you can easily come here from Paris on the A10 direction Tours exit 18 direction road D31 to Amboise,then road D1 direction Limeray or continue on the D31 cross the river turn right into city center Amboise.  At Dutertre you can buy the whole gamme from sparklers cremant de la Loire to rosé, dry whites, sweet whites, and reds from the basic François I to the more robust and our favorite Cuvée Préstige. Very friendly service a five generation family of winegrowers/makers.

And it was time to head back to our home base near Blois, more of that later. Cheers and Merry Christmas!!!!!

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