We had to overcome a huge challenge these last two days while on our castle marathon. France is very expensive. Meals at restaurants, even for lunch, cost at least $50-$60 for a family of four and that’s without alcohol. So we’ve tried very hard to mitigate the damage to our travel budget by taking advantage of the beautiful weather and gorgeous scenery to enjoy picnic lunches where we can.
The castles are everywhere. Like weeds, they crop up along the Loire River every few miles. Each one more spectacular than the last because successive kings had to outdo their predecessors, their queens had to outdo their predecessors and in some cases, the kings’ mistresses had to outdo their queens.
Twenty years ago, some obsessive-compulsive French creative types decided that they would create a unique kind of park. A utopia for Lilliputians. A way for regular folks to feel what it would be like to be Gulliver. The result was France Miniature, a sprawling place that takes visitors on a meandering stroll across France and 116 of its most famous sites. At 1/30th the scale.