Last week in the Loire Valley

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This is our last week in the Loire Valley before we finally head back to Paris next Wednesday after spending the entire summer away.

One of my favourite things that we did this summer was a late afternoon visit to the majestically beautiful Château de Chenonceau.

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The château was built in 1513 and has had royal associations in the form of Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici, who both left significant stamps on it’s elegant architecture and gardens.

Diane de Poitiers added the notable extension, straddling the Cher river, and Catherine de Medici added an elegant gallery atop (with this black and white tiling pictured below).

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The history of the château is staggering.

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Above is a chapel that was protected during the revolution by being disguised as a store room.

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Catherine de Medici.

 

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Louis XIV (above).

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Vaulted ceilings.

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Some forms I’d like to bring home to our kitchen!

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What is even more stunning, is that the château is still entirely private, owned by the Menier family, who have obviously done a colossal job of keeping up and improving the domain. There are several restaurants, incredible gardens, a farm, gift shops.

Note: the entire site is very stroller friendly. We brought Little Miss in her MacLaren and easily carried it flights of stairs. Luckily there were no small winding staircases!

Château de Chenonceau, 37150 Chenonceau, France Tél. + 02 47 23 90 07.

www.chenonceau.com

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