Having made our way north in a relatively tiny rental car - thanks to Europcar who were completely incompetent - we arrived in a stunning little village called Azay-le-Rideau which had it's own little chateau but was unfortunately being renovated and covered in building paper.
We made our way around villages and chateaus to visit Leornado da Vinci's retirement home - Chateau du Clos Luce - where he lived inside a beautiful little chateau with a huge park dedicated to some of his many inventions. Bridges, armoury, flying machines, the first car... you name it - he probably invented it centuries before they were 'discovered'.
There are literally hundreds of chateaus in this area - we chose Chateau de Chenonceaux as our other main visit as it was close by and was an unusual build for its time. Built across a river and having an interesting history of royal french women with an extensive park and art gallery, it could easily be one of my favourites... but then, I have given up on favourites - they are all stunning! We also managed to go find a lake to try our hand at fishing... well, we saw the fish! Happy days :-)