We visit Chateau du Clos Lucé where da Vinci spent his last years

@JudyEv (123432)
Bunbury, Australia
August 11, 2017 2:44pm CST
Today we drove a short distance to Chateau du Clos Lucé. This chateau was offered to Leonardo da Vinci as a ‘home’ by King Francois I. Da Vinci moved across the Alps in 1516, bringing with him several of his disciples, three of his favourite paintings and a number of manuscripts. The paintings were the Mona Lisa, the Virgin and Child with Saint Anne and the unfinished St John the Baptist. He remained at Chateau du Clos Lucé until his death in 1519. During his time here, da Vinci worked as an engineer, architect and producer, organising incredible functions for the court. Today the Chateau was alive with hundreds of people. We were able to make our way through the main part of the building including da Vinci’s workrooms. The number and variety of his inventions was quite remarkable. The extensive gardens were also a backdrop to working models of many of his inventions. Da Vinci was certainly a man well head of his times. Having seen through the Chateau du Clos Lucé, his paintings almost take a back seat compared to his incredible inventions. It’s been hard to choose a photo but this shows one of his inventions which involves a machine-gun type weapon which simultaneously shoots in a range of directions.
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@Morleyhunt (19750)
• Canada
11 Aug
He was a remarkable man. He was born, way ahead of his time.
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@JudyEv (123432)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Aug
Some of his inventions are quite remarkable and led the way to a host of our modern innovations.
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@marguicha (95016)
• Chile
11 Aug
How I wish I could go and see all those wonderful things you are visiting. Leonardo was certainly a genius in many ways.
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@JudyEv (123432)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Aug
There is no way that he was just an artist. He was so much more.
@Gabugs (1763)
• United States
11 Aug
Wow! You sure were lucky to have visited the home of Leonardo Da Vince @JudyEv
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@JudyEv (123432)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Aug
It was certainly an unforgettable experience.
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@Gabugs (1763)
• United States
12 Aug
@JudyEv I can well imagine your excitement.
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@KristenH (24102)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
11 Aug
That trip sounds pretty cool, Judy.
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@JudyEv (123432)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Aug
We've seen a lot of amazing things thanks Kristen.
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@KristenH (24102)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
12 Aug
@JudyEv you're welcome.
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@Corbin5 (106704)
• United States
11 Aug
I bet seeing all that Da Vinci invented was overwhelming, in a good way.
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@JudyEv (123432)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Aug
At this site, his art almost took second place to all the other wonderful ideas he'd come up with.
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@Platespinner (16522)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
12 Aug
I'll be honest, I didn't realize that DaVinci had been in France until I watched the movie Ever After and decided to see if the presence of DaVinci in France was fact or fiction.
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@JudyEv (123432)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Aug
I didn't know much about him at all but going to a place like this always makes me want to know more.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
12 Aug
@JudyEv That is my experience as well. Books and travel seem give what I refer to as "hooks" to hang additional knowledge on. Interesting little tidbits always make me curious to know more.
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@JudyEv (123432)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Aug
@Platespinner A man came round the campsite handing out leaflets 'in English!' about the Occitan area and their native language and customs. More stuff to research!
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@amadeo (66054)
• United States
11 Aug
Loved the man.We saw many of his works while in Italy
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@JudyEv (123432)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Aug
He only spent three years in this chateau but apparently they were very happy ones.
@amadeo (66054)
• United States
12 Aug
@JudyEv I see.
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@andriaperry (50766)
• United States
12 Aug
Now I would have loved this place!
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@JudyEv (123432)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Aug
I'll do some more posts on some of the individual items - and maybe a slide-show when I get home again.
@CRK109 (14465)
• United States
12 Aug
Now that is something I would love to experience! Having seen so much of his work when I was in Italy, and enjoying it all so much, I would love to see his last home and those inventions!
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@JudyEv (123432)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Aug
His art took second place to his inventions in this display. I thought it was very well done. Models had been made of his inventions and you could see them working. Several of the bridges had been erected in the garden along with some of his other inventions.
@thelme55 (14574)
• Germany
11 Aug
I am sure it was very interesting to see what Da Vinci had contributed to civilization.
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@JudyEv (123432)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Aug
He was so far ahead of his time with his inventions.
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@TRBRocks420 (77788)
• Banks, Oregon
11 Aug
Sounds like a very interesting trip.
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@JudyEv (123432)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Aug
We nearly didn't bother to go but we would have missed an amazing visit.
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@divalounger (2252)
• United States
11 Aug
How fascinating! He was indeed an amazing man! So where is this chateau located?
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@JudyEv (123432)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Aug
The chateau is in Amboise in the Loire Valley.
@snowy22315 (47367)
• United States
11 Aug
He was quite the inventor and artist for sure!
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@JudyEv (123432)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Aug
He was so much more than an artist and many of his inventions have led to some of our most modern ideas.
@xFiacre (4468)
• Ireland
11 Aug
@judyev It's lovely to see you getting Da Vinci mixed up with Vince. Both producers of pictures of course.
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@JudyEv (123432)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Aug
Da Vince wouldn't like dat at all, at all!
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@JohnRoberts (57322)
• Los Angeles, California
11 Aug
I like visiting places like this. Imagine that da Vinci walked at that actual spot.
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@JudyEv (123432)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Aug
And we walked through his gardens, saw his studios with his notebooks and diagrams still all there.
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@dianadee (1727)
• South Africa
12 Aug
Quite an amazing weapon..you seem to be really having a great time!
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@JudyEv (123432)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Aug
We've been seeing a lot of country and many interesting things.
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@dianadee (1727)
• South Africa
14 Aug
@JudyEv Enjoy the rest of your touring!
• Preston, England
12 Aug
fantastic to visit a place associated with such a genious
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@JudyEv (123432)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Aug
The exhibitions are really well done and with enough English around the place to make you feel you're not missing out on too much information.
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• Preston, England
13 Aug
@JudyEv sounds fantastic
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@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
12 Aug
Wow. I bet a person could spend hours in there.
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@JudyEv (123432)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Aug
We were there about four hours. We should have had a proper 'sit-down' for an hour in the middle and we might have lasted longer.
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@teamfreak16 (41181)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
13 Aug
@JudyEv - That's a pretty good chunk of time. I would have had to sit down, too.
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@ptrikha_2 (8311)
• India
12 Aug
An incredible scientist, Engineer an visionary. And I am also reminded of the movie "Da Vinci Code" !
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@JudyEv (123432)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Aug
He was an absolute genius and in so many fields!
@KrauseHome (35034)
• United States
12 Aug
This must have been awesome. What a great painter he was and will always be.
@JudyEv (123432)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Aug
He seemed to be so talented in so many areas. Here's a horse he was sculpting. Isn't it beautiful?