Artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci spent the last three years of his life at Clos Luce in Amboise, France. He was a special guest of Francois I, whose castle was only a few metres down the hill. In between Clos Luce and the Chateau d'Amboise, several dwellings were built into the hillside. Some of them have survived centuries and have been adapted for modern living.
A stone stairway leads from the street to a home carved into the hillside.
Walking down the street towards the town of Amboise, we noticed this old working chimney.
An ancient house has been revamped with stucco and fitted with modern conveniences, including a satellite dish. I don't think I would want to live in a place where natural light is limited.