The view of the Renaissance garden from artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci's bedroom at Clos Luce in Amboise, France. Leonardo lived here the last three years of his life, at the invitation of King Francois I. The king was a fan of Renaissance art and greatly respected Leonardo's artistic achievements, as well as his intellect.
Roses drenched by rain in Leonardo da Vinci's private garden.
More rain-soaked Renaissance roses at Clos Luce.
Just back from a quick trip to Amboise and Chinon in the Loire Valley. While hampered by nearly continuous rain and road detours, it was a nice break from the transit strikes in Paris, now in their eighth day. France's high-speed TGV rail network also has been damaged by a "concerted campaign of sabotage," the SNCF state-owned rail operator told reporters. Acts of sabotage overnight, including fires, created further delays to TGV services.
On a brighter note, I find it inspiring to visit Leonardo da Vinci's home, as well as his friend and benefactor's castle. Last time we were in Amboise, I didn't have a digital camera; this trip, I was able to get some good shots, despite the rain and photo restrictions at historic sites. The absence of crowds of tourists certainly helped. After Thanksgiving, I will begin posting images and notes from the journey.
As we Americans pause Thursday to give thanks for our many blessings, let us remember those less fortunate and resolve to help in any way we can. Wishing you and yours a joyous holiday celebration.