An evening walk though Chenonceau, in the Loire Valley. Known as the Château des dames as it was the cherished home of many powerful women, and gracious host to lavish parties for the amusement of Kings and other French nobility throughout it's history.
A gift from Henri II to Diane de Poitiers his mistress, Catherine de' Medici claimed it after he was killed in a jousting accident by Gabriel de Montgomery, the great, great, great (etc, etc, etc.......) grandfather of my Husband. So to my children's delight, we have an (albeit macabre) link to this amazing place!
The Gallery, perhaps the must beautiful space I've ever been in and our little lutin recognized it from the Amazing Race.
The gracious gardens, begun by Diane de Poitiers, were expanded upon by Catherine de' Medici, perhaps in an attempt to outshine her former rival.
Just before sunset....
Of all the castles we've visited, this is by far my favorite....... the light alone opens it up and makes it feel so welcoming, as if someone could actually have lived there as opposed to the grand Chambord which is so overwhelming in scale. It is intimate and well, femenine. Of course, the perfect, clement evening helped to make this, our last night night of vacation, one to remember.
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