spent the night in a very nice small hotel. The rooms were
quaint, but modern with the hotel having been renovated
recently. We had a great (albeit expensive) meal at the
hotel restaurant and next morning headed out for Chateau
The photos below are what we saw.
and Kathleen talk about the day's agenda before we head off on
foot to the chateau. The hotel Le Bon Laboureur was very
nice and the food was great.
was in the area through the gate on the right.
next to the hotel were vineyards and "country" homes.
entrance to the Chateau Chenonceau property was only about 200 meters
away, but the driveway to the main chateau was perhaps 1
km. There were side paths that went through the
trees. The chateau started life around 1547 with the
property being a gift to his favorite lady Diane de
Pointiers. She was responsible for the construction of the
buildings and grounds.
great chateau, you have to have a turret with gargoyles.
This one was quite well preserved.
the main building, there were interesting artifacts. This
crest belonged to one of the long line of royal owners of
the entry areas was covered with Italian style hand painted tile
laid during the initial construction of the chateau. Only
the tile around the border of the room remains. Note the
damage on this piece.
piece was against the wall and despite being hard to get to was
still damaged due to foot traffic.
chapel had two entrances: one for the commoners on the ground
floor and another on the upper floor so the royals did not have
to mix with the commoners. Or another interpretation is
that they would not be in danger of assassination by the commoners.
painting is of Catherine de Medici the second owner of the
chateau. The painting dates to about 1550. Catherine
was Henry II's widow and forced Diane from ownership of the
the royal bedrooms complete with replica bed.
hall of Chenonceau was built across the River Cher.
River Cher as seen from Chateau Chenonceau.
checks out the kitchen at Chenonceau. Note the nice
labeled as the "servant's quarters" but was still a reasonably
other side of the kitchen had big cast iron stoves and
ovens. Note the sliding door to the oven on the left of
the photo above.
proper chateau needs paintings of naked young women.
this coat of arms interesting in that the symbol of the
salamander breathing fire was the same symbol we saw on old cannons
at the Army Museum in Paris.
bed chamber at the chateau.
intricate wooden carving on one of the walls at the chateau.
scene is on a porcelain platter. It depicts a party at
the gardens at the chateau as seen from the portion of the
building that spans the River Cher.
gardens were large and very well kept. Most of the photos
of the garden did not make it into this web page.
outside view of part of Chenonceau.
part of one of the gardens and the initial tower at Chenonceau.
the main portion of Chenonceau that spans the River Cher.
The main living quarters and the chapel are on the left and the
great hall spans the river.
Chenonceau self-sufficient it needed a significant farm. This
structure was part of that farm.
respectable chateau has to have a wine production facility and
this is the grape press.
Bentley that was a recent addition to the chateau.
gardens had many types of flowers and food stuffs. This is
the plants in the garden were not edible, but were there for
a turban squash.
some kind of odd gourd.
lunch at the restaurant at the chateau. Lunch was a
multi-course meal that had chateau-grown vegetables and an
excellent presentation. Note the odd kind of cauliflower
(green) as well as the pork cheek with brown sauce. It was
as good as it looked.
our photo after we finished eating.
parting shot of Chenonceau with both the tower and the main
chateau in the photo.
Chenonceau we headed back toward our hotel. Along the way
we passed the local church so we decided to check it out.
stained glass inside the church was pretty good but not of the
same caliber as Le Mans.
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