The most surprising aspect about visiting the last home of Leonardo da Vinci, Château du Clos Lucé, at Amboise in the Loire Valley of central France, may not be the château itself, but the amazing, and very scenic park, Parc Leonardo Da Vinci. At times, it was peaceful and serene as I enjoyed an evening walk on a beautiful summer’s day. I didn’t know about the vastness of the park, and how well-presented and fun it would be. Not only can you walk the paths, enjoy the greenness and flowers, you can try and participate in the inventions of the great Leonardo.
On my last post, Finding Leonardo Da Vinci, My Visit to Château du Clos Lucé, I took you in and around Château du Clos itself. Now, let’s go for a walk around Parc Leonardo da Vinci. First, let’s look back at the Château itself. I really like this view.
Facing the vegetable garden, and the cultural shop and tea room.
Let’s turn around and look at the grounds of the park where you can see a stage in the distance. If you have time, stay around and watch one of the evening concerts or special events that occur during the summer. I had to take the train back to Tours and couldn’t on this day. I would love to return for the European Festival of Renaissance Music that takes place near the end of September.
Now, let’s enter Leonardo’s Garden, Le Jardin de Léonard. The garden focuses on the master’s contributions to botany and nature studies. You may not know that Leonardo was the first to link plant’s growth with the sun and the geological timeframe for the creation of the planet. These contribution’s are perhaps less known. In the gardens, you will discover Leonardo’s drawings of various plants and flowers.
This is the two-level bridge built to specifications from da Vinci’s drawings using mostly building techniques from the time.
The peaceful pond in the gardens.
A look back at Leonardo’s Garden before continuing through Parc Leonardo da Vinci.
Let’s check out more of Leonardo’s inventions, created directly from his drawings. There are 20 in total and all of them are interactive. This is the helicopter, L’hélice. I found out while writing this post, it’s also one of the most photographed features in the park.
The swing bridge. Many of Leonardo’s inventions and contributions were for military purposes.
The tank, Char d’assaut, and a drawing of a what looks like a giant bow.
I can’t remember what this model represents. Perhaps the earth? Perhaps I should not guess.
Another tranquil spot with one of the 40 translucent canvases. There is a canvas that’s not in this post that features one of Leonardo’s most famous paintings. I’ll let you discover that one for yourself.
A walk in the forest with an overhead canvas depicting one of Leonardo’s contributions to architecture. This is a drawing of a building in the ideal city which da Vicini conceived.
L’Auberge du Prieuré bills itself as a “gastronomic journey from the time of Leonardo de Vinci,” and specializes for those wishing a unique experience of Renaissance cuisine.
One last visit to the pond near the end of the park.
Having fun on one of the self propelled boats.
The paddle wheel, La Roue à écureuil.
Last stop at the château gardens adjacent to Clos Lucé before…
one last visit with the great one himself, this time at the nearby Château d’Amboise. Close to this statue is the Chapel of Saint-Hubert where Leonardo da Vinci rests.
For more of my visit to Château d’Amboise, please read Finding Leonardo Da Vinci, My Visit to the Château d’Amboise and Where A Great Man Rests, Leonardo da Vinci at the Chapel of Saint-Hubert, Amboise.
I hope you enjoyed this post as I only touched on Leonardo da Vinci’s contributions to botony and nature studies. As da Vinci once mentioned in his feelings and thoughts about nature…
“Everything is There!”
I agree! 🙂
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