Oh ok maybe I've seen less Chateaux this week than last week, but c'mon when am I going to be able to choose it again. In fact it's more likely that I've had chateaux withdrawal this week, as there's definitely a downward trend. And the ones I have seen have only been in photos. Mine at that.
So as I'm having a post-holiday week on the blog - if you want to have a peek at what we got up to this is the post for you - I'm sticking with it today and sharing the chateaux we visited over the past two weeks, and as luck would have it there's five of them too.
So, in the order we visited...
1. Chateau de Chambord
The first chateau we visited and the only one we visited twice, although once it was only to eat our lunch of baguette, cheese and fruit. The weather on both days couldn't be more different either, lovely and warm on our first visit when this photo was taken and slightly wetter when we returned. So wet we took the car, but it meant that we could more easily transport the wine we bought at Maison du Vin, so it wasn't such a bad thing.
2. Chateau Royal de Blois
We stayed in Blois for four nights as there was so much to see (read chateaux) in that area, including this one right in the town. It was much larger than I expected and its story grabbed me more than I expected it to as well. As you can see from the sky it was on another of the fine days, and with skies like that I was pleased not to be doing so much cycling.
3. Chateau de Cheverny
I loved the perfect symmetry of this chateau. It was great to go inside and be able to take pictures of the furnishings too, they were very grand. There was a very pretty vegetable garden or le jardin potager bouquetier, and I've plenty of photos to share on another day. There was also a Tintin exhibition here, which being completely oblivious to anything Tintin we didn't visit.
4. Chateau de Chenonceau
A beautiful, beautiful chateau and another one where the names of Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici featured, both of them built a garden which are remarkably similar yet different, we first learnt about these ladies at the Chateau Royal de Blois. They were both very strong ladies, Diane known for her looks and for being a favourite of King Henry II of France, who gifted her this beautiful chateau. However it was soon reclaimed by Catherine on his death. As well as the gardens they both developed the bridge over the River Cher, which you can see in the second photo - clearly two very determined and powerful ladies.
5. Chateau de Villandry
If I'm honest before we arrived I wasn't too fussed by this chateau. I was here for the gardens, but as I was here and because the other chateaux had been so interesting, we went in. It too was fascinating and had the most stunning oriental drawing room, unlike anything we'd seen at the previous chateaux - I'm saving that photo for the Villandry post, so sorry to tease you like that.
Out of the chateau and it was time to explore the gardens. And they were huge! The photo below shows about a quarter of the gardens, and that excludes the wood. It was beautiful and I found some new favourite hedges to add to my list. And they'd have to go straight in at number one.
Eventually I tore myself away from the gardens, reminding myself of the cycle back to Tours. The gardens were just as good as I expected them to be, and I daren't count how many photo I took there. One thing's for certain this trip will provide me with lots of posts over the next few weeks that's for sure.
An alternative word to sum up my week would be back, as I'm back from holiday and back joining in with linkys. In the run up to my holiday time was scarce and my task list was long, so linkys were the thing to give. But now I'm back and (almost) raring to go!
Have a great weekend, I'm spending Saturday at Brit Mums Live - or #BML16 - and am looking forward to meeting up with more bloggers, again. It's becoming a bit of a habit isn't it? But definitely not a bad one I can tell you.