The Loire Valley is replete with bold medieval castles. Historically, the Chateau Sully-sur-Loire defended a strategic river crossing. In Amboise, the Amboise Chateau (Chateau d’Amboise) was home to Francois the First, while the manor house of the Amboise Chateau, Chateau du Clos Luce, was once the brief home of none other than Leonardo da Vinci, who spent his last remaining years here. Da Vinci had a hand in creating Francois the First’s hunting lodge, the enormous Chateau de Chambord.
A key attraction of travel in Europe is that, more often than you think, just thirty minutes outside of any city, there is a good chance that attractive getaways lurk nearby; quiet spots to catch ones’ breath. Explore a few such magical places that Rudy himself has found. [FEATURED: France, Italy, Austria, Germany, Netherlands]Watch Now >>
Ancient Greek and Roman remnants are more than cold stone, they hold centuries of history and stories. Revisit Rudy’s favorite classical and magical sites around the Mediterranean, including Athens, Delphi, Delos, Paestum, Syracuse, Pompeii, Rome, and Provence.Watch Now >>
Begin this intoxicating tour in Reims, home of the historic cathedral where French kings were crowned. Visit champagne producers, both large and small, in wine country, and shop for fine chocolate in the medieval town of Troyes. Discover Charleville’s tradition of puppetry, and marvel at the Fortress of Sedan, the largest castle in Europe.Watch Now >>
Rudy samples the best Bordeaux wine, and then cruises the lovely Dordogne and Lot Rivers, with stops at chateaux, ancient windmills, and perched villages. He also attends cooking classes, and embarks on an underground adventure to view prehistoric cave paintings.Watch Now >>