I got a message from my ex colleague who is in France, wanting to visit the Zoo and the Chateau De Chambord in Loire Valley.
Excitedly, we proceed to plan our weekend.This also got me to finally try out the pet sitter online for our furkids - holidog.com. I have been hesitating to try out this site for the longest. As a pet hotel will cost €100 a day for 2 days.
In Holidog, you pay for the site subscriber - €50+ minimum and a day rate of the pet sitter is like €10 / day.
€10 a day for 2 Dogs, where to find sia? Affordable for Kiasu owners.
But process can be improved further.
And so, we settled that, confirmed our Pet Sitter and book a stay near the Zoo area through Agoda.
Eventually it turns out to be someone's house when we try to check in.
Our first stop is Chateau De Chambord , in the region of Loire Valley
Chamford is approximately 200km down south from us. Putting on my driving gears (Neck Pillow and back rest) we proceed to the 200km drive. My ex colleague is driving 500+km! 5 Hours Drive! Siao bo!
The royal Château de Chambord at Chambord, Loir-et-Cher, France, is one of the most recognizable châteaux in the world because of its very distinctive French Renaissance architecture which blends traditional French medieval forms with classical Renaissance structures. The building, which was never completed, was constructed by King Francis I of France.
Chambord is the largest château in the Loire Valley; it was built to serve as a hunting lodge for Francis I, who maintained his royal residences at the châteaux of Blois and Amboise. The original design of the Château de Chambord is attributed, though with some doubt, to Domenico da Cortona; Leonardo da Vinci may also have been involved.
Indeed, we visited Versailles Chateau, I would say this is a pretty unique chateau. It has a fort wall surrounding the Chateau and a Moat as well. Parking in Chateau Chamford is pretty sufficient, a big field to park your cars. €4 for the whole day, but there is only 2 kiosk to pay your parking if you do not have a Carte Bleue.
We skipped the queue at the main entrance as we were told that tickets can be bought further in at the Chateau entrance.
The interior at almost similar to most of the Chateau, some paintings, some scupltures. But! There is a room where they house all their hunted preys( The skulls and Antler). This looks interesting, as I have never seen anything like it. A closer look, these preys are caught in 1960++ which is like 50 years ago.
Chey! I thought it was since the 16th Century lor. But nonetheless, it is still a good experience.
This Chateau actually not bad la. Got show their toilet one. Which Chateau got showcase toilet bowl one?
By the time we finished touring the Chateau it is like 6pm. Made our way back to the hotel to rest.
It's approximately 30mins drive away from the Chateau to the hotel, and we book this hotel as it has high ratings and prices were decent. Near to the Zoo as well, around 30km away.
We were told by the owner that, it is Bastille Day in France. And there is fireworks going on in Blois area. (Pronounced as Bua).
Bastille Day is the common name given in English-speaking countries to the French National Day, which is celebrated on 14 July each year.
But during the evening we were thinking of visiting Château de Chenonceau as from their website, they have beautiful night park. However we missed the last admission timing of 11pm and only managed to catch a glimpse of the fireworks after navigating for an open area. Nonetheless, it is also a Chateau to visit in Loire Valley.
The pictures really look like a hotel. Even from their website. But it is a house with a private room and shower from their main house.
Airbnb say Airbnb lah, Post as Hotel, make me so happy.
Rating 9.6 somemore.
Looking forward to ZooParc Beauval the next day!
Don is a Kiasu Singaporean that blogs his journey while exploring Europe. A Singapore Travel Blog that provides travel guides and tips on how to travel free and easy in Europe.
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