As a friend recently asked, “What is it about December that brings out the ‘year in review recaps’ and ‘predictions’ in all of us?”  I don’t know the answer, but I do feel myself being sucked in.  Because the “A to Z” series I incorporated into my 365+1 photo blogging project has been so well received, I thought I’d […]

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 […]