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Amboise
April 25, 2008
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Leonardo da Vinci lived out the last three years of his life in Amboise. His patron was Francois I who lived at the time in the local chateau. Leonado, long intrigued by the mythical figure Medusa, is seen here contentedly cuddling her severed head


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Marian quickly wiped the smile off of his face when she jumped up in his lap


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The statue is actually on the Ile d'Or, which is used as a stepping stone for the bridge, and from this point, the chateau and much of the town can be seen


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Another view of the chateau and the defensive wall


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The city down river from the chateau


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The Place Michel Debre runs behind the chateau and is lined with eating establishments and souvenir stores


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Approaching the landward side of the chateau on Rue de la Tour. Internally there is a spiral staircase large enough for horses to haul supplies up


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To the east of the tower, the chateau has more defensive wall


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To the west, the Saint Florentin church, built into the chateau, is the final resting place of Leonardo da Vinci. In Napoleans time, the crumbling church was fully dismantled and use for repairs to the chateau. What might have been Leonardo's remains were moved down the road to the chapel of Saint Hubert. Obviously, the "13th century" church has been rebuilt since then


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Most of the buildings on the tourist streets have been handsomely restored to look lke they might have looked formerly


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Another establishment where a plate of mussels and french fries will set you back $20.00. As you may have guessed, Amboise, with a population of 12,000, has little going for it outside of tourism generated by the chateau and Leonardo's nearby home, Clos Luce


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The Rue de la Concorde is the river side boundary of the chateau. Apparently, as Amboise fell on hard times following political intrigues in the 16th century, the chateau has been significantly downsized


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Come back McDonalds - with a lusty Golden Arches ice creams for less than a buck, the $4 to $5.00 cost for a miserable little cone is quite a shock


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The Tour d'Horloge also served as a gate into the walled area in earlier times


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No matter which way one looks, there are eager proprieters waitng to vacuum your billfold


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Outside of the pedestrianized area, some of the sidewalks are quite narrow
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