One thing I consistently loved about the chateaux I visited was the black and white flooring like in the Gallery at the Chateau de Chenonceau and this hallway at Versailles.  And so the formal dining room at the Chateau de Villandry did not disappoint!  The windows on the right side of the room offer a lovely […]

I’ve shared photos from my visits to Chateau d’Amboise, Chateau du Clos Luce, and Chateau du Chenonceau in the Loire Valley so far.  Today I move on to Chateau de Villandry.  In addition to the magnificent gardens, what I loved most about Chateau de Villandry was that a modern, “real” family lived here.  Well, as “real” a […]

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 […]

Of all the places we visited and of all the things we saw during the years we lived in Europe when I was a child, I can’t believe that my parents never took us to visit the chateaux of the Loire Valley.  I’ve been teasing my mom that it has become obvious to me that I […]

There are more than 2,000 statues at Versailles.  I didn’t catch the name of this one, but it’s to the right as you exit the interior tour of the palace and head out to the gardens.  It was one of my favorites. You Might Also Enjoy: One Thing, Three Ways:  Window Handles at Versailles Versailles: […]