Castles of the Loire Valley
-Now, we are the kids-Sofía replies while they all laugh.
We just arrive in the city of Nantes. They have had a very long flight, and I guess they would want to rest…No! They want to have a coffee and start the route. Wow! They are full of energy.
They are a group of teachers from a high school in Buenos Aires. In Argentina the winter has just started and they have done what birds do: migrated to a warmer climate.
We stop in a typical French café and while we tour the medieval part of Nantes, I explain to them the artistic project of “The machines of the island”.
– I had no idea, I find it very interesting that they have used Jules Verne’s fantasies and Leonardo Da Vinci’s designs to build gigantic robots, don’t you think? – Thiago says while he listens carefully.
– We can change the plans if you wish, it is up to you.
Unanimously approved, we spend the afternoon surrounded by robots, and as Sofía said now we are enjoying ourselves like kids.
The following morning, we continue our tour. We stop at Saumur, where we get on kayaks and ride the river. After the activity, their faces show hunger: they know a barbecue awaits us with a typical fish from the River Loire: the carp.
From here, our trip focuses on the beautiful castles and fortifications close to the river we have just navigated: the Loire.
-These few days with you have been great – I tell them while I accompany them on the minibus towards the airport- Which place or castle have you liked the most?
-All of them!! But if I have to choose I would say the Chenonceau Castle, the one you were explaining that was known as the castle of the ladies, and what ladies…Women with a lot of history and personality.
-Personality like yours, Sofía, the high school’s Iron Lady – Thiago winks at her and goes on- As a Leonardo Da Vinci fan, the best for me was the visit to the Chateaux or house Clós-Lucé and the castle with the double helix, the one where one person can go up and another one come down at the same time and never meet.
Thiago talks about the Chambord Castle. They all remember each other’s stories from the places we have been to and they can explain them to their students back home in Buenos Aires.
On the next day we get a WhatsApp from Sofía: Back in Argentina, thanks for making us dream. A big hug to all of you.