Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Hunting Lodge or Palace?

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.

6 comments:

Tim said...

Susan... it will be a hunting lodge that says "Bling"... up in the "Lowlands beyond the Highlands", viz. Caithness, there is a hunting lodge that has its own railway station. It sleeps over 100, with entertaining rooms to match... it cannot be seen from any ordinary road, nor from the station fortunately, as it is an ugly, 'barracks' of a building designed to house and feed people for just a few weekends a year... it was originally part of the Sutherland estate.

chm said...

Happy birthday Susan, and many happy returns of the day.

Nadege said...

Happy birthday Susan!

Tim said...

Hippo birdy!
Hope he took you out somewhere nice!?

Susan said...

Many thanks for the birthday greetings and well done to chm for spotting it first :-)

Simon made us duck in redcurrant sauce on a bed of rosti -- delicious.

Tim said...

Aha, should have read this firts this morning... he didn't need to take you out!! Sounds yummy!!