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 […]

Chateau D’Azay-Le Rideau was my least favorite chateau.  There were no real gardens.  The water surrounding the castle was murky.  Overall it was a bit of a let down compared to Chateau d’Amboise, Chateau du Clos Luce, Chateau du Chenonceau, and Chateau de Villandry. That said, I did want to share this photo of its exterior. You Might […]

A sign in the gardens at the Chateau de Villandry stated that a very important element in a Renaissance garden is a naturally-covered walkway.  I’m sure it was to keep the sun off of the women’s faces back at a time that alabaster skin was very desirable and not just a curse I live with.  Some gardens […]

The four squares of the ornamental garden closest to the chateau make up the love garden.  The sections represent: tender love with heart-shaped hedges, passionate love with hearts broken apart symbolically by passion fickle love with the hedges fanning out in a volatile nature, and tragic love with the hedges shaped like the blades of daggers and swords Surrounding […]