The Chateau Royal de Blois has 75 staircases, but this one, at the centre of the Francois I wing of the chateau is covered with fine bas-relief sculptures. What do you think?  Do you have a favorite below? Staircase Photo #1.   Staircase Photo #2.   Staircase Photo #3.   You Might Also Enjoy: Chateau […]

Borrowing the Close, Closer, Closest idea from fellow photoblogger, Regina, here is the throne in the State Room at the Chateau Royal de Blois.  The State Room was used as a courtroom by the counts of Blois.  It twice welcomed the States-General, summoned by Henri III in the late 1500s. Throne in the State Room: […]

The Chateau Royal de Blois has four distinct wings around a single courtyard, each one corresponding to a distinct period and style:  Gothic, Flamboyant, Renaissance, and Classicism.  The 19th and 20th Century restorations complete the architectural history of the castle. What do you think?  Do you have a favorite shot below? Chateau Royal de Blois […]

In the Renaissance, well before automobiles were invented, horses, stables, wagons, and carriages were essential to chateau life.  Yet of all the castles we visited, Chateau d’Usse was the only one that showcased any of these elements in any great depth.  After seeing all of the old tack displayed, including some items with the fleur-de-lis and king’s initials, we […]

One of the most remarkable things at Chateau d’Usse are its towers.  They are an important part of the story of Sleeping Beauty, written after Charles Perrault stayed at the castle.  Plus they are just pretty darn cool and not something I could ever see back home Somewhere-in-the-Middle-of-the-USA where structures barely date back to the 18th Century. […]

There wasn’t really any detail about the dining room at Chateau d’Usse in the handout at the castle, but I thought it was one of the prettiest we saw in the Loire Valley.  I really love the butter-yellow walls with white trim, cranberry accents, and crystal chandelier. You Might Also Enjoy: Chateau de Villandry:  Dining […]

Legend has it that the Chateau d’Usse was the inspiration for Charles Perrault’s tale of Sleeping Beauty.  Today the spiral stairs of the towers allow you to peek in on rooms decorated from scenes from the story. I’m not super pleased with these exterior shots of Chateau d’Usse.  My inexperience behind the camera and lack […]