The plan for next month is that take the train from Paris to Digoin immediately after I arrive, and the next day I'll enjoy the delights of the Escargot Festival. Amanda gets in two days later, and we will go wine-tasting and gourmet dinner-eating to our hearts' delight. After four days and five nights of glorious Diggy, we will make our way to the Loire Valley region and all its pretty pretty princess chateaux, then Monet's gardens in Giverny, then Paris, then home.
That's where I got stuck. There was not a good way to see everything sans voiture, and I was at my wits' end on how to squeeze in a trip to see troglodyte awesomeness in Saumur. I spent hours on the SNCF website testing the viability of various routes and home bases. This afternoon I finally settled upon the Most Perfect Itinerary. Feast your eyes, francophiles:
|Chateau Royal d'Amboise|
|Chateau de Clos Luce (final home of Leonardo da Vinci)|
|Chateau de Saumur|
|Musée du Champignon|
FRIDAY: AMBOISE-->BLOIS-->CHAMBORD-->CHEVERNY-->VERNONSATURDAY: VERNON-->GIVERNY-->PARIS