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  Photos from a week and a half in France.  I had some free time in Paris for informal sightseeing on my own, but then joined an Astrid Baur's French Castles Tour – Châteaux of Paris and the Loire Valley for a week of conducted travel.

The link to the Pictures File is below the Sample Images.  A Route Map and a Table of Contents are provided below that, both in on-screen and printable forms.


Quick Start: France.pdf


Sample Images

Here are a few sample images from the picture files.  You can click or tap on these to see larger versions.

Trocadero Gardens, Paris, France

Trocadéro Gardens, Paris

Hall of Mirrors, Palace of Versailles, Paris, France

Hall of Mirrors, Versailles

Chenonceau, Loire Valley, France


Chenonceau, Loire Valley, France


Amboise Castle, Loire Valley, France

Amboise Castle

Amboise, Loire Valley, France


Chambord, Loire Valley, France


Villandry, Loire Valley, France




Link to Pictures File


You can access the PDF pictures file by clicking or tapping on the link below.


Destinations Map

The tour began with visits to major attractions in Paris and then moved south to the valley of the Loire River, to a home base at Céré la Ronde.  From there daily day trips fanned out to the castles and palaces of the Loire Valley. The pictures are presented in chronological order, the way the trip unfolded.

France Map is available if you wish a paper copy to follow along.

Netherlands map

Table of Contents

The Contents table from the pictures file is reproduced below.  If you wish a paper copy to target your viewing, use France Printable Contents.

Contents   2
Introduction   3
Destinations Map   4
Informal Sightseeing       5
Eiffel Tower  16
Versailles  28
Heading South  41
Orléans  42
Château de Razay  46
The Loire Valley  
Chenonceau  51
Amboise  63
Clos Lucé  69
Cheverny  72
Blois  78
Chambord  84
Azay-le-Rideau  89
Villandry  95
Tours 103
Farewell 104
End 105