The Chateau de Chambord is the largest castle in the Loire Valley.  It was built as a hunting lodge for King Francois I, in part to be near his mistress th Comtesse de Thoury who lived at the Chateau de Muides nearby, but was never completed.   Instead Francois I maintained his royal residences at […]

Here are three more fleur-de-lis shots, all from the Chateau Royal de Blois. Fleur-de-Lis Photo #1.  A fleur-de-lis painted on the wall in the State Room. Fleur-de-Lis Photo #2.  A fleur-de-lis in one of the stained glass windows at the Saint-Calais Chapel. Fleur-de-Lis Photo #3.  Fleur-de-lis and Queen Anne of Bretagne’s ermine symbol on a […]

Borrowing the Close, Closer, Closest idea from fellow photoblogger, Regina, here is the throne in the State Room at the Chateau Royal de Blois.  The State Room was used as a courtroom by the counts of Blois.  It twice welcomed the States-General, summoned by Henri III in the late 1500s. Throne in the State Room: […]

The Chateau Royal de Blois has four distinct wings around a single courtyard, each one corresponding to a distinct period and style:  Gothic, Flamboyant, Renaissance, and Classicism.  The 19th and 20th Century restorations complete the architectural history of the castle. What do you think?  Do you have a favorite shot below? Chateau Royal de Blois […]

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 […]