Bit overcast today and it rained last night but everything very green.
Set off this morning from Macon and started heading towards home.
Virtually every 10kms there was a chateau and very impressive. I started taking photos at the first one but Max said not to bother as they are a dime a dozen and we are heading to a very fabulous one today.
As it was very overcast and starting to rain we decided to take a main road instead of back roads. The area we were passing through was farming area.
We reached the Loire Valley today and I didn’t realise how big it was. When we were here last year cycling through we only touched a tiny bit of it.
We came through Le Montet for coffee then Monrichard
All the beautiful flower boxes with the colourful flowers I saw today had their own reticulation system.
Kept going until we reached Chenonceau which is the place of a very beautiful chateau
We parked the car and got our ticket for entry and just strolled throughout the rest of the day.
It was a very beautiful chateau built in the 16th century on the river Cher. The original fortified castle and mill were demolished and the only thing remaining was the keep at the front. It had a moat and the history behind it all is full of scandal and intrigue. Most relating to kings and their mistresses and one owner was the husband of Mary queen of scots.
One of the direct descendants of the owners was the novelist George Sands.
It was amazing as well as the incredible gardens and herb gardens.
I had to take photos of all the beds as they were incredible and did not in any way look comfortable.
Apparently in the day (14thC) you were expected to receive your guests in bed. King Louis had approximately 1500 beds to receive his guests. I reckon it was because the huge chateaux were so cold they couldn’t get out of bed as it was the warmest place to be.
Below it all was the kitchens that had its own larder, butchery, bread oven and pantry.
It was a wonderful afternoon spent wandering through the chateau, having lunch in the gardens, wandering through the grounds and imagining what it would have been like to live in those days.