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Twenty kilometres upstream of Tours, AMBOISE is one of the highlights of the Loire region, with a beguiling mix of beauty, excellent food and drink and a genuine sense of history. The château dominates the town, but there are many other attractions, most famously Leonardo da Vinci's residence of Clos-Lucé, with its exhibition of the great man's inventions. Amboise draws a busy tourist trade that may detract from the quieter pleasures of strolling around town, but makes it a good destination for children. In July and August, son et lumière shows are held around 10pm at the …
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