We left Paris and went to Versailles which is spectacular and then to
Chart and the cathedral. Down to the Loire Valley and Chamborg
, a fantastic chateaux along with a very interesting history! I didn't realize that the famous circular staircase in Chamborg was designed by
Leonardo Da Vinci
who was buried in France, just picked up that information from reading a book on
Châteaux's of the Loire. So much history, so little time!
Then to Mont. St. Michel, a monastery built on a rock that becomes an island everyday as the tide come in.
Another story I must tell is as follows: I was using hair spray at that time and was running out of this most important item and of all places, in France where you must look good at all costs! I discreetly left the group and found a drug store. It looked like it was out of the past. The druggist was in his 80's at least and he watched me as I stood there looking at the shelves for hair spray. How difficult could this be? He sent his assistant, a girl about 18 to help me. I being knowledgeable said something like, les chevaux, no response, said it again, pointed at my hair and went, "Poof" or "Spray" or what ever. She looked at me like I was crazy and finally the old druggist shook his head and leaned over the counter with a bottle and said 5 francs. I just took it and left. Everyone laughed and one woman on the trip said no wonder that poor girl was confused, I probably kept saying the word for horse, not hair and she thought I really was nuts. A horse on head and poof, poof, poof!
We also saw where poor Joan of Arc was burned on the cross by those wicked church men and the king. What jerks. Also where Leonardo Da'Vinci was buried, so much history.
Anyway, another fabulous vacation and as far as I could tell, everyone loved everything in France.
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