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 […]

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 […]

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 […]