I visited this remarkable French castle in October of 2008. Chateau Chenonceau has an extensive and quite thorough website, with lots of history and 3D views of every room that's open to the public. I won't try to replicate that here. Instead, I offer you my own photos and experiences, and recommend you also visit their website.
This expedition consisted of myself, my sister Sharon who lives in France, my sister Elizabeth, and our mother. Actually, the whole trip to France was our 80th birthday gift to our mother, and my sister Elizabeth and I accompanied her on the big trip across the pond. You know, safety in numbers. :)
Here are out feet (okay, they're actually our shoes) in the parking lot (car park) at Chenonceau. The one with the cane is Mom, the pointy shoes are Elizabeth's, mine are pointed in the opposite direction, and Sharon's are the fourth pair. Now that we've all been introduced, let us proceed!
Alongside this wide walkway there are woods on one side with lovely little violets scattered about...
Caryatides off in the distance.
donjon (from which we get the word dungeon), which was preserved.
Across from that and over to the right is the Chancellery.
And then we arrive at the front door of the Chateau. Real fancy doorknob for the front door of the castle, eh?
The bridge was built first, by Diane de Poitiers, mistress of Henry II, to whom he gave the estate. Then, after his death, the Gallery was built upon it by Catherine de Medici, Henry II's widow, after she regained possession.
This is a bit of the ceiling, with exposed beams, nicely painted.
While we were in this room two entire tour busloads of people jammed themselves in. We were literally packed like sardines...it was very stuffy and claustrophobic. The two tour directors got in a tiff about which group should be there and which should not.
And aren't all those shiny copper pots, pans, and implements pretty?
(I confess, even though I'm vegan I prefer the thought of Jello to aspic!)
You can see lots of images of this expansive room which crosses the river Cher, and many look the same, though some are more interesting than others. Mine is an artistic, fun shot of my family as we started to go.
The French version tells you not to leave with a rented iPod. The English version says if you rented an iPod you can't leave the castle. (Ever???)
These flowers, and others throughout the castle, are fresh arrangements, changed twice weekly.
So now, let's go back outside and see some views of the gardens!
I hope you enjoyed this little tour.
If you did, tell a friend!
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