Château, château, et more châteaux!

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Chambord
Château de CHAMBORD
Is the biggest castle in the Loire region and was built so that king Francois I will have a place to stay when he go hunting! The place is really grand that you can easily get lost from 1 room to the next and you see nothing for miles from the château. More rooms are available for viewing than the Blois and you see more extravagant bedrooms of the royalties.  They are really big on tapesties as you see them everywhere! Huge floor to floor height tapestries with intricate designs, amazing, though I wouldn't want them in my bedroom. :)  Remarkable in this castle is the helix staircase at the center and the room of the king showcasing his hunting trophies.


Château de CHEVERNY
Is a privately owned castle and never had lived-in by any royalty.
Cheverny
It was owned by the king's financial minister and the family probably still owns it.  Although it was built in the 16th century, I think (feel) that continuous renovation (vs. restoration) was done as the place looks new.  Well, they gave me handouts to read but I was busy taking pictures.  The place is really small so you have people all over at the same place which makes it hard to take photos with no distractions.  So have to make do of photos with other people in it.  The exploring route is fixed and so you wont miss a room or wander about on your own.  The rooms were all richly furnished and ornamented but it's like visiting a modern palace with no nostalgic feel to it.  So, I don't really like it. 


Château de CHENONCEAU

Is the one I like most, maybe because of it's intriguing history.
Chenonceau-another angle
One of the castle's highlight is the bedroom of Diana de Pointer who is King Henry II's mistress, who received this castle as a gift from the king, who was chased away by the queen when the king died.  Hehe.   Actually, the queen gave her another chateau in exchaged. :D   I wonder if the beds inside the bedrooms are the actual beds the queens slept in.  I wonder if I can read that in the handout which I tucked inside my carry-on bag.  It has 2 beautiful BIG gardens, one at each side, which I wonder again if it has been faithful to the original design.  I mean, there have been wars.




itravel says:
hi Li! I've been to those castles.. mga 13 years ago! haha when we toured there with my friends... so much fun! hope your having fun also.. same pa rin sila...I think I have the same picture with the castle cheverny behind me and chenonceau... di ba castle yan ng isang mistress ng king?
Posted on: May 26, 2007
nokia_girl says:
Hi Li! Thank you so much for inviting me to view your europe blogs ...really enjoy reading them! It surely is a dream come true for you, i hope i could do the same in the future :D Keep on posting!
Posted on: May 09, 2007
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Chambord
Chambord
Cheverny
Cheverny
Chenonceau-another angle
Chenonceau-another angle
Chambord: DNA staircase
Chambord: DNA staircase
Chambord
Chambord
Chambord: yoohoo
Chambord: yoohoo
Chambord: Back
Chambord: Back
Chambord: Hunting Throphies
Chambord: Hunting Throphies
Chambord: Royal Throne!
Chambord: Royal Throne!
Chambord: Another 1
Chambord: Another 1
Chambord: Tapestry
Chambord: Tapestry
Chambord: apparently pool was a ro…
Chambord: apparently pool was a r…
Cheverny Study
Cheverny Study
Cheverny
Cheverny
Cheverny hunting dogs
Cheverny hunting dogs
Cheverny bench park :D
Cheverny bench park :D
Chenonceau - Diana Pointers BR
Chenonceau - Diana Pointer's BR
Chenonceau: Nice antique cabinet
Chenonceau: Nice antique cabinet
Chenonceau:Kings Room
Chenonceau:King's Room
Chenonceau: Maybe the mistress Ro…
Chenonceau: Maybe the mistress' R…
Chenonceau: Hallway that served as…
Chenonceau: Hallway that served a…
Chenonceau: In memory of those who…
Chenonceau: In memory of those wh…
Chenonceau-another side
Chenonceau-another side
Guess where.
Guess where.
Chenonceau-another angle w/ the mo…
Chenonceau-another angle w/ the m…
Chenonceau
Chenonceau
Chenonceau: Left Garden
Chenonceau: Left Garden
Chenonceau: Right Garden
Chenonceau: Right Garden
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