Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Clos Lucé

Tomorrow David and I will celebrate TWENTY years of marriage! Count them--20 years!

We can hardly believe it ourselves.

We are celebrating all week--having a STAYcation of sorts. You know, staying home, but acting like tourists. We are off work this week and taking time to discover many of the great places in our own backyard.


Today we toured Clos Lucé, which is the small château where Leonardo DiVinci spent the final years of his life. He was asked to come to France by François I, who was a big fan of all things Italian, but especially the renaissance genius.

At Clos Lucé they have actually created many of DiVinci's inventions using his drawings and the instructions in his notebooks.

They say DiVinci imagined many machines that were not realized until 400 years after his death. Above is the machine gun that he designed.

Gemma threw up during our 40 minute drive to Clos Lucé, and then a single pigeon managed to poop  on both Graham and Chandler in one fell swoop. Despite all that, we enjoyed our visit.

The gardens were magnificent! Flowers were in full bloom, the sun was shining, and we took our time strolling across bridges that were designed by DiVinci himself.

When David and I came to France to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary, we did not know that we would also celebrate 18, 19, 20 and beyond in this country. But God did!


  1. Congratulations!!!! God bless you guys - I'm so excited to see what He continues to do through you both!! Love you bunches!

  2. Love you both! Hope you have a wonderful time celebrating!