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Chenonceaux

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  • Day6

    Chateau de Chenonceau

    June 18 in France

    This portion of France is littered with Chateaus that we would might usually mistake as castles. Maybe it's just semantics, but these are places where kings would spend the summer or celebrate special events. Often times this is also where their royal extended family would live. The next one we visited was Chenonceau.
    It's design was different but just as impressive as Amboise, if not more. It is located away from the city in a heavily wooded area on the river Cher. Any other day, I would be itching to hike or canoe. The weather was beautiful. Who am I kidding I was itching to do so, but alas.
    The gravel drive leading up to the chateau was long and tree lined, which framed the building nicely as we approached.
    But first, was a sign for a maze that the kids and I couldn't resist to try. We each grabbed an entrance and began our way to the center. It wasn't nearly as difficult as I had hoped, but once we made it, we took the time to take more pictures. It didn't help that the hedges were four feet tall.

    We had lunch on the grounds before the tour. The cafeteria was housed in what once was the carriage house and stables.
    The Chateaus bedrooms were furnished in period furniture and pictures of those that inhabited there. The kitchen's in the lower level had large fireplaces where the food was cooked and one room had a more recent, yet still old, massive wood burning stove. That part of the building was over the Cher river. There was a rope system devised to haul water and supplies from the river below via the window. A more updated system had a hole in the ground for the same purpose and a pump for water.
    The portion of this chateau that I liked the most is the gallery, and not the inside, but the outside. The view of the river running underneath it is beautful. It was built in 1577 upon an existing bridge that crossed the river on the backside. A hospital was set up here, and in much of the Chateau, during WWI by the owner, a politician and owner of a Chocolate factory. The Cher river was the dividing line of occupied and free France. The front door was occupied and the back side was free. That enabled the resistance to pass people to freedom. It's a miracle it was never bombed.
    The story of one of bed room is interesting. The widow of King Henri III, who was assassinated by a monk in 1589, had her room painted black with symbols of death and sorrow painted throughout. It was too dark in there to see much and was under some minor repair.
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  • Day18

    Fabulous Chateau de Chenonceaux

    August 17, 2016 in France

    Our early start to visit the most popular chateau on the Loire was interrupted momentarily by the chain snapping again after riding up a monster hill. But a swift fix by Rosie and her tool box got us on our merry way via the vineyards in no time.

    Chateau de Chenonceaux was built with galleries crossing the river Cher (just off the Loire) which were initially made for hosting parties, displaying artwork and general milling about etc but were also more recently used to secretly move jewish refugees into the safe zone on the opposite bank in the 2nd world war. Who new!Read more

  • Day23

    Chenonceaux, France

    August 18, 2016 in France

    Our final stop couldn't be better. Castle on the river, I mean c'mon, who would've thought of anything like that! (actually it was womens and not kings request for once) Stunning view on the end of this magical day.

  • Day19

    Ein Schloss auf der Loire

    July 11 in France

    Die drei Großen , Noah wurde schon seit längerem so betitelt, fordern heute ihren Chilltag ein. Das Wetter ist zum ersten Mal seit langem etwas kühler und so gibt es ein fröhliches "Transformer" Abhängen in unserer neuen Unterkunft, auf einem Bauernhof.
    Carlotta freut sich, ohne Zweifel, auf ein neues Loire Schloss und Amon? Der möchte so gerne zu Hause chillen, darf (soll, muss, wird gezwungen) aber auch mit uns durch das Schloss marschieren. Entsprechend gut ist seine Laune, anfänglich. Im Laufe des Tages verblasst aber die Erinnerung an die anderen Drei mit Chips, Schokolade und Film auf der Couch, und seine Stimmung steigt wieder. Carlotta ist wie schon in den Schlössern zuvor auf der Suche nach Küche und Kinderzimmern. Und wird enttäuscht auch hier nicht fündig. "Hatten die keine Kinder?" "Und wenn doch, wo haben die geschlafen?" " Hatten die kein Spielzeug?" "Wo wurde gekocht?" Unentwegt, in einem fort. Meine Empfehlung an sie, später Schlossforscherin zu werden, unterbricht für einen kurzen Moment den Fragefluss. "Kann ich dann das erforschte Schloss auch behalten?" Und weiter geht die Fragerunde. Doch deutlich motivierter, sofern das überhaupt möglich ist, in der Hoffnung auf zukünftigen Schlossbesitz - mit vielen Kinderzimmern und großer Küche.

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