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27 June 2010

The Road to Chateau de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley, France

At the end of this tree-lined avenue with its verdant canopy letting through only the smallest rays of sunlight, lies the magnificent Chateau de Chenonceau. Spanning the River Cher and casting its magnificent reflection on the waters below, the chateau owes much of its architectural elegance to the design talents of the ladies of the house - Katherine Briconnet who designed most of the structure in 1513. Further embellishments were added by Diane de Poitiers and finally, Catherine de Medici, who not only influenced the interior design, but the magnificent gardens that bear her name. Read more about a fabulous day-tour from Paris to the Loire Chateaux!




The view from the other side of the River Cher (photo below courtesy of Wikipedia)

11 comments:

  1. The architecture of this mansion was brilliant, I fell in love with one look. I really wish I could visit it some day..

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  2. Amazing photos! You always make me want to visit the destinations you write about :)

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  3. Don't know why Chambord is always mentioned as the jewel of the Loire, because Chenonceau has always been my absolute favorite.

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  4. Hey there. You know, I totally agree with you. Before I actually visited Chenonceau, I thought Chambord was going to be the highlight of my Loire Valley Tour. Boy, was I mistaken. I agree, Chenonceau is my favorite as well! Thx Sonja for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!

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  5. I too liked Chenonceau better. I liked the rich story of the women behind it. The shade and size feels more manageable even though it is still grand. Oh and that it started life as a mill bridge.

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  6. Hi there Andrew and thanks so much for stopping by. Glad you share our sentiments regarding the chateau and yes, a fascinating history indeed...the ladies of the house left their indelible marks all over the site.

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  7. Glampervanned alongside the River Cher last summer - beautiful landscape, stunning chateau :-)
    Phil @izzyminx

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    1. Hi there Phil and thanks so much for stopping by! Your experience sounds sublime my friend. You must have had a wonderful time and in such splendid surroundings!

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  8. When we visited Chenonceau, we found a path across the river that gave us such a beautiful view and there was nobody around. It was magical. Thanks for the memory.

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    1. Corinne, I know that path well...and yes, away from the hustle and bustle...quite sublime my friend! Glad you enjoyed the post!

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  9. We were there at night once, such a great part of the country.

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