The staircase at the Chateau du Chenonceau is adorned with carvings of people, fruit, and flowers.  The portion of the staircase that connects the ground floor with the first floor was the first straight staircase (rather than curved staircase) to be built in France based upon the Italian model. You Might Also Enjoy: Chateau du […]

I’ve said it before, but if you can only visit one castle in the Loire Valley, it should be Chateau de Chenonceau.  Here are a few of my favorite shots of the outside of this lovely castle. What do you think?  Do you have a favorite below? Exterior Photo #1.  View of the front entrance of […]

The 60 meter long, six meter wide, black and white slate-tiled gallery at Chateau de Chenonceau is built upon the Diane de Poitier bridge.  During the day, light pours into the beautiful room from 18 windows on both of the lengths of the room.  The room was officially opened in 1577 when Catherine de Medici […]

Is it just me, or does the Chanel logo from the early 1900s look an awful lot like the interlocking “C’s” that Catherine de Medici used as her insignia in the 1500s?  Well, you know, minus the crown?  Here it is carved into an ornate fireplace mantel in the Chateau de Chenonceau. You Might Also Enjoy: […]

If you can only visit one castle in the Loire Valley, it should be Chateau de Chenonceau.  The Gothic and early Renaissance structure is gorgeous.  It’s nicely furnished to help illustrate what life was like at the castle, and the grounds are beautifully maintained.  Outside of Versailles, Chateau de Chenonceau is the most visited castle […]