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The castle of Amboise in France takes visitors to a virtual tour in time

2016-01-23

The Loire valley in France is one of the most spectacular destinations for travelers who love history and centuries-old grandiose castles. When you drive or ride a bicycle along the banks of river Loire (or one of the nearby rivers that flow into Loire) you will find a charming village after another. Some of the villages have been built around a castle, others have other characteristics that invite you to stop and take a break. The village of Amboise has been built around a beautiful castle that is open for visitors who also get a virtual tour to the year 1518.

A company called Cent Millions de Pixels has developed an application for the Chateau Royal d’Amboise that runs on the Apple iPad mini. When visitors enter the chateau, they can pay 5 Euros extra for the virtual tour that takes them to the castle as it was 500 years earlier. Visitors get an iPad and headphones from the reception. As they explore the castle, they can view the iPad and see what has happened in that particular spot in 1518. The application is French with English subtitles. A castle tour without a sword fight is not a complete tour, so the application has a built-in game as well.

View the video that shows how it is possible to explore the castle in two time zones:

L'AVENTURE INTERACTIVE "AU SERVICE DU ROY" | CHÂTEAU ROYAL D'AMBOISE.

The history of the Château d’Amboise starts from the 11th century when the Count of Anjou built the castle as a defense construction. During the Renaissance period (in the 15th and 16th centuries), the castle was refurnished according to the instruction from Charles VII, Louis XII and Francois I.

Even the great genius Leonardo da Vinci lived in Amboise. Francois I invited Leonardo Da Vinci to reside in Amboise as his first painter, architect and engineer. Da Vinci arrived in 1516 and spent the remaining three years of his life living and working in the nearby Chateau du Clos Lucé. It is connected to the Chateau d’Amboise by an underground passage. Leonardo Da Vinci died in Amboise in 1519 and was buried in the Chapel of Saint-Hubert on the embankments of the Chateau d’Amboise.

More information about the Amboise castle here.
A travel guide to southern France is available here.
Via l’Echo.

Visit the places in Spain where the sixth season of Game of Thrones is being filmed

2015-10-12

The sixth season of the popular TV series Game of Thrones is being filmed in Spain during autumn 2015. Film makers have decided to shoot in multiple locations in northern, central and eastern Spain. These are spectacular, quite exotic locations that you don’t see on a vacation on a Mediterranean beach. Let’s start from Girona in Catalonia.

Girona old town, Catalonia, Spain

Girona old town, Catalonia, Spain


Filming of the sixth season of the Game of Thrones started in the town of Girona in Catalonia, north-east Spain. Girona is a lively university town that draws tourists because of its exciting old town. The specialty of the old town is that you can walk on the wall that once protected the town.
Bardenas Reales, photo: Jonathan Taglione

Bardenas Reales, photo: Jonathan Taglione


The Natural Park of Bardenas Reales provides spectacular landscapes for the TV series. This dry, desert-like area is located south of Pamplona in the province of Navarra.
Peniscola, photo: Vaquero Francis

Peniscola, photo: Vaquero Francis


The ancient walled town of Peñiscola is the next stop for the Game of Thrones film crew. Peñiscola is located on the Mediterranean cost south of Barcelona.
Alcazaba, Almeria, photo: Veronica Agullar

Alcazaba, Almeria, photo: Veronica Agullar


Almeria is a buzzing town in southern Spain on the Mediterranean cost. When the Arabs ruled the southern regions of Spain, they built large administrative and public buildings also in Almeria. Many of these have survived through the years, like Alcazaba. It is one of the destinations for the film crew.
Zafra, Guadalajara, photo: Manolo Carbonell

Zafra, Guadalajara, photo: Manolo Carbonell


Castillo de Zafra provides the setting for the film crew on central Spain in Guadalajara.

The final destination for on-location filming the sixth season of the Game of Thrones in Spain is in Canet de Mar, a seaside village north of Barcelona. The castle Castillo de Santa Florentina is the exact location.

Via Escapada Rural.

Books, authors and readers meet at a festival in the garden of a French castle

2015-09-05

The town of Tours is located at the heart of the France’s spectacular castle region along the valleys of river Loire. One of the castles near Tours, Chanceaux-près-Loches, has invited authors and readers already twenty times to the castle’s beautiful garden to enjoy books and authors’ debate. French love their authors, who not only get to meet one another and readers, but who also get to pose in selfies and attend author signings.

la foret des livres, Chanceaux

Photo by Actualitté on Flickr.

La Forêt des Livres (Book Forest) is the event’s official title, but it is also known as the Woodstock of Literature. It is a one-day event that features about 200 authors and 60 000 visitors.

The event has its own web page that is worth following if you are traveling in France at the end of August. If you are planning to travel to southern France, get valuable tips for Provence and Cote d’Azur from the travel guide The Gems of Nice and the French Riviera.

la foret des livres, Chanceaux

la foret des livres, Chanceaux

Photos by Actualitté on Flickr.

View video by TV channel France 3 that shows the beautiful castle and the garden where the event takes place: