le Château des Dames

Chenonceaux Travel Blog

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I visited Chenonceau château on the river Cher today.  The château, built in the 1430s, was used by several mistresses and wives of kings of France, although not at the same time, for obvious reasons.  Catherine de Médici was a famous resident, and the château was the site of the first fireworks display in France, upon the accension of Catherine's son François II to the throne.

I thought it was interesting that that during World War I the gallery was used as a hospital ward, and during the Second War it was a means of escaping from the Nazi occupied zone on one side of the river to the "free" Vichy zone on the opposite bank.

I'm headed to Burgundy tomorrow, to a city named Beaune.
jfish says:
Hey, Alex.

I looks like you're having a great time.. This blog is fun to read. But how about a little dirt.

jF
Posted on: May 30, 2006
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The front of Chenonceaux chateau
The front of Chenonceaux chateau
Here I am in front of Chenonceau c…
Here I am in front of Chenonceau …
This is quite a waiting room.
This is quite a waiting room.
Wild animals being slaughtered is …
Wild animals being slaughtered is…
Catherine de Médicis garden
Catherine de Médici's garden
The garden shed
The garden "shed"
The garden house at Chenonceaux
The garden house at Chenonceaux
A decorated window at Chenonceaux …
A decorated window at Chenonceaux…
The driveway to Chenonceaux chateau
The driveway to Chenonceaux chateau
Chenonceaux
photo by: Vikram