We’ve been exploring the Loire Valley and have had a hard time deciding which of the many Chateaux to visit. Our first stop was Usse (forgive my spelling – my keyboard doesn’t have the proper accents), which was the inspiration for the story of Sleeping Beauty. It’s a lovely castle and on the way back we drove past two more, as well as huge fields of sunflowers that somehow always seem to make me smile.
The next day we headed to one of the most famous, Chateau de Chenonceaux. It’s very unique because it’s built directly on the River Cher. The history of the building and it’s occupants (a King and his mistress, who was evicted after his death and replaced by his wife) is as intriguing as the structure is beautiful.
Here’s the view from the gardens. Just like nearly everything else we’ve seen lately there is scaffolding which can’t be helped.