This is the view you get of Chambord as you walk from the carpark. I can't decide if this truly massive building is a hunting lodge masquerading as a palace or a palace masquerading as a hunting lodge. Probably the latter. It was never really intended to be lived in for any longer than a short duration hunting trip though, and as a consequence, those who got lumbered with the responsibility of caring for it, long after its Renaissance construction, probably loathed the place for its huge echoing rooms and inadequate heating arrangements.
A Floral Spring Treat
The Chateau of Cheverny is surrounded by an extensive park and in the
autumn they plant 60 000 tulip bulbs, ready to put on a stupendous show in
Susan was born in Victoria, but moved to Queensland when she was 11. Simon was born in London, but moved to Canberra when he was 7, and to Queensland when he was 28. In 1997 they moved to London. Susan worked for a large heritage and nature conservation trust and Simon taught music technology at tertiary level.
Now we live in Preuilly-sur-Claise, a small town with a population of less than 1000 people in the south of the Loire Valley. We write about the restoration of our house, the history of our local area, nature, cooking and anything else that strikes us as interesting. When we are not blogging we run Loire Valley Time Travel, doing individually tailored tours of the Touraine for anglophone visitors in our classic Citroën, Célestine.
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