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Honey Mooners / Lovers suggestion - Role play the sleeping beauty story. If you don't want to be the main characters you can always be Grumpy and Dopey,

Château d'Ussé - 37420 Rigny-Ussé.      Sleeping Beauty Slept Here.


He trembled upon seeing the princess's beauty and fell on his knees before her. He kissed her, then she woke up, then everyone in the castle woke to continue where they had left off, and they all lived happily ever after.

Charles Perrault, visiting in the 17th century, took inspiration from this Chateau when writing "Sleeping Beauty".

Dwarf Names - In dinner discussion on this subject the names of the dwarfs always come up so to move things along – they are Sneezy ,Sleepy, Dopey. Doc, Happy, Bashful, Grumpy. The real question is why "doc",

The “Count of The Mount” quite a catchy nickname for the Prince ( no wonder he gets the girls ) but in a second part of the Perrault tale, it is recorded as his talabutte title on ascending the throne.

Celebrating the Sleeping Beauty association,  the Chateau’s battlement tower has several glassed-in rooms with wax figures in scenes from  "The sleeping beauty". ( note - wax figures in small French tourist sites all seem to have a look that makes zombies look good – somewhere in France there is factory that turns out pirates, princes, cavemen, monks, Louis Pasteurs and Joan of Arcs that are so bad they become fine art). The Chateau is located between Angers and Tours just off the A85 on the D7 is the Château d'Ussé - 37420 Rigny-Ussé.


 

 Leonardo Da Vinci – The Mona Lisa – A Donkey and Great Parties.

Every wonder how the Mona Lisa ended up in France, what Leonardo did for fun, or how he travelled ?   Well find out, when touring the Vouvray – Touraine wine disrtricts.  Make a visit to the Amboise Chateau’s manor house the Clos Luce. 

 In 1515 taking up the offer of King Francis I for a huge pension and patronage, Leonardo travelled across the Alps by donkey, headed north to the Loire, carrying with him his treasured Mona Lisa and made his home here. In residence besides continuing to draw and invent, he indulged in one of his hobbies – party planning – lighting grand rooms and gardens was his specialty. Imagine going to a party decorated by this old master – with his handy work, the dress of royalty and Loire wines you can be sure it would be a special night.

 At Clos Luce there is now a museum in the house and gardens honouring Da Vinci with reproductions of his art and 40 of his military, aeronautic, hydraulic and mechanical inventions - constructed from his detailed drawings by engineers from IBM. According to the local history, he is buried in the Chapel of Saint-Hubert, adjoining the Château. .