April 12 – Chateau du Lude
We had a bit of a difficult time today. It seemed like our timing was off, and everywhere we wanted to see was closed.
We got to Saumur too early, but we just took a couple of pictures from the outside.
We drove to Chateau Brissac, and we’re really excited about this one, but the gate was closed. We couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t open.
Then we drove to Chateau Serrant, which is a red one in the book, but when we got there we discovered that it’s only open Wednesday through Sunday, and today is Tuesday.
So then we went to Chateau du Lude, but we got there right about 1 pm, and it was closed until 2. That was ok, though, because we had to eat lunch. It took a while, but we found a place that was open.
Heidi got more goat cheese toasts and salad, and I got tomatoes, a leek tart, and a brownie.
The chateau is still a private residence, so they only allow us inside on guided tours, and we’re not allowed to take any pictures. It was really great on the inside, though. I liked it a lot.
The pictures outside are good, too.
Then we drove all the way back past Tours to Blois. We spent a lot of time driving in the car today, and the weather was really nice, so it was really a pleasant drive.
As we were driving along somewhere, Heidi started exclaiming, “White cows! White cows! Betsey, it’s white cows!” Apparently that meant, “Stop! I want to take a picture!” She thought that I would be just as impressed as she was, but I have seen white cows before. We spent the rest of the day looking for more white cows that she could take pictures of. Before we finally found some, we saw white horses, goats, sheep, and cats. And white cars.
So while the day was a bit of a bust in the chateau department, we did see some white cows.
We had an adventure trying to find our hotel, and then trying to find parking. We had to park several blocks away and walk to the hotel to find out where to park. We have to park at the chateau and then walk. We almost got hit in the garage by a lady backing up. She didn’t see us at all and I had to honk. I was panicked a bit and wasn’t able to back up fast enough. She did stop before hitting us, though.
Driving in the cities is not my favorite thing.
We found a place to eat quickly so we could just get back to the hotel for a rest. Heidi got a goat cheese burger and I got some mushroom pasta.
We have a plan for the next few days, so hopefully it works out and things aren’t closed!