My Touraine... François Saint-Bris, co-owner of Clos-Lucé castle (along with his brothers and sisters)

Tourism in Loire Valley: François Saint Bris François Saint-Bris, chateau du Clos-Lucé
Your first memory

Leonardo's kitchen at Clos Lucé, one of the haunts of my boyhood.

Name a place

It is both a place and a time. Near the village of Villebourg (Editor's note: in northern Touraine), there are many orchards. It is a beautiful place when the trees are blooming and the sunlight contrasts with the enormous black clouds.

Name a person you have met

Lisa Gherardini, also known as Mona Lisa, and her enigmatic smile.

Tell us about an unforgettable moment

A raft trip down the royal river, from Mont-Gerbier-des-Joncs all the way to Saint-Nazaire.

A pleasant surprise

Touraine, covered in snow.

Name a savour

Pike with a light butter sauce.

A photo opportunity

The Loire at daybreak.

Practical Information

Le Clos Lucé – Parc Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci lived at Clos Lucé for the last three years of his life, under the protection of King Francis I. In this lovely red brick manor, within eyesight of the royal Amboise castle, he was able to unleash his creativity. At "Parc Leonardo da Vinci", Clos Lucé invites you into the fascinating world of Leonardo. You won't want to miss the full-size of models of his most famous inventions, nor the outdoor reconstruction of the landscapes of his time, not to mention the tour of the castle itself.

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