Less than an hour’s drive from Tours, the Château d’Amboise is magnificent. The day trip was part of the Cultural Program that’s available for exchange students. We explored the castle and its grounds and were treated to a guided tour (in French, not English- which made me very happy) that revealed a lot about the history of the castle and its various inhabitants over the years. I was fascinated to learn that today only 25% remains of the previous castle structure. The majority of the castle was destroyed soon after the French revolution by anti-monarchists and revolutionaries who wanted to erase all vestiges of the previous regime, including the castle of Amboise, once a favoured residence of the king.