A French woman’s home is her castle

Chateau Chenonceau, Loire Valley, France
Chateau Chenonceau, Loire Valley, France

Ahhh one of my favourite Chateaux, Chenonceau is built as you can see right over a river. It’s an incredible building and I love the look of it and the grounds that surround it. It’s got a fabulous long avenue of trees leading up to it, then a small keep type gatehouse even though there’s no gate there.

There’s a full market garden and a maze in the woods and the old stables have been converted into a restaurant. If you take in the grounds you could easily spend a day here. I noticed people walking into the kitchen, taking a photo then leaving. But if you looked around there was things to see.

Like the weight that hung off a gearing system. It was led out of the window on a thin rope. As it sank it turned the spit, then when it got to it’s length it could be cranked back up again. Very clever I thought.

So well worth a look around I think and it has tons of fantastic history for those who wish to investigate.

Loches, Loire valley

Loches in the Loire valley

I found this town by following a sign for a chateau, then when I drove in I instantly saw the very appealing old quarter. A lot of French towns have these old quarters, which is nice cos some of them are incredibly pretty and interesting. You can almost imagine the history down the ages because of the houses and the streets.

I took some lovely photos and was a little annoyed when I lost the CF card with them on. It was only a 4 gig card and not an expensive one so lucky there, but I don’t know if I’ll be back at Loches so I lost the memory and that’s what is important to me.

If I get the opportunity to go back there I will retake them, although that seems unlikely at the moment. Europe is too large to go so far back to what is really a small and relatively unimportant town.