Friday, June 24, 2016

Loire Valley Chateaus

Today we visited two of the chateaus for which the Loire Valley is famous. Built between 1518 and 1527, Azay-le-Rideau is considered one of the foremost examples of early French renaissance architecture.

Royal bed

Spiral staircase

Wall reflected in moat

Humorous group on a window-sill in the town of Azay-le-Rideau

The second chateau was Villandry, justly famed for its extensive formal gardens.

To top off a high-class day, a 1937 Bentley came into the courtyard of our B&B,
to be shown off tomorrow in a rally of classic cars.

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