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 Renaissance Wing of the Chateau Royal de Blois includes many ermines (Queen Anne of Bretagne’s symbol) and fire-breathing salamanders (King Francois I’s symbol).  Here is a favorite shot of each. You Might Also Enjoy: Close, Closer, Closest:  Throne in the State Room at the Chateau Royal de Blois Chateau de Chenonceau:  Catherine de Medici’s […]

King Louis-Phillippe, brother of King Louis XIV, reigned for just under 20 years and died in exile in England two years after abdicating the thrown in 1848.  He was given the Chateau d’Amboise by his mother, Louise-Marie-Adelaide de Bourbon-Penthievre.  (Bet that was hard to learn to spell as a child!)  His study in the Royal […]