Château de Chenonceau

This should have gone up sooner but I’ve been on holiday in the South of France and Italy for the past two weeks and my access to internet has been very unpredictable! So we now return to the Loire Valley…

Chenonceau was by far my favourite château of the ones I visited on this trip. I loved its unique architecture stretching over the river Cher, with it’s almost aqueduct-like appearance and stand-alone turret that looks just like Rapunzel’s tower. I mentioned Diane de Poitiers (the mistress of Henry II of France) in my post on Blois and Chambord – Chenonceau was gifted to her by the king and she lived here until Henry’s widow, Catherine de Medici, forced Diane to give up the residence for the queen’s personal use upon Henry’s death. Again, it wasn’t the greatest weather when I was there, but it was still lovely walking through the gardens with the rain slowly dripping off the greenery and the noticeable absence of crowds (everyone had disappeared to find shelter). If you ever get a chance to visit, make sure you take a walk in the woods on the outskirts of the estate, not just the formal gardens, because you will find the castle’s labyrinth and some wilder tracks to explore.

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