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 […]

As I mentioned before, the gardens at Chateau de Villandry are truly spectacular, sprawling across more than four times the acreage than the chateau.  In fact, the tour guide for the garden is a bigger pamphlet than the one provided for the castle.  The garden is made up an ornamental garden (including a “love garden”), […]

Although this is one of my favorite rooms at the Chateau de Villandry, I cannot for the life of me piece back together which room it was.  I think it may have been a bedroom on the first floor, but I’m not sure.    Can anyone else help me identify this room? Can you see how […]

I loved the kitchen at Chateau de Villandry almost as much as the kitchen at the Chateau de Chenonceau.  It is the only rustic room in the Chateau with a terracotta tiled floor, large fireplace, and exposed masonry.  It contains all of the elements of a kitchen from the early 20th Century including an oak table, copper pots and […]