Drove through the idyllic mustard fields of the Loire Valley to checkout the castles and some wine.
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Château de Petit Thouars – Cutest winery and castle!! The small castle was passed down through generations, and the grounds are now a winery. My favorite winery of the bunch that we visited. Majority of the wine in this region is the Chenin Blanc, a fairly acidic wine of which I’m not too big of a fan. I really enjoyed their Cabernet Franc and brought a bottle of that home.
Château de Villandry – Beautiful garden grounds, but the castle itself wasn’t anything special. Worth a visit.
Cave Monplaisir – A wine cave! It was really hot in France the week that we went, so it was a nice cool break from the sun inside the wine cave filled with barrels of wine. Free tastings and free to tour the cave.
Château de Chambord – Have a little picnic across the moat, overlooking the castle!
Château de Amboise – We stayed in Amboise, so we just swung by the castle at night to take a look. It looks like a Disneyland castle with it all lit up.
Château de Fontainebleau – Literally feels like you’re on the set of Beauty and the Beast 😱