Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Valençay day

After our stop at the canal bridge, we made our way to Valençay to visit the château there. This is another of the famous Loire Valley castles. Valençay's château is impressive and we've visited it many times. The town is also famous for its goat cheeses and wines.

Looking up at the facade over the entrance to the château's courtyard.

Ken found a parking spot fairly close to the château and we walked in. There were a lot of people around, but the place didn't feel very crowded, and that was nice. In all, I think we spent between two and three hours wandering around. A half hour of that was sitting on the steps in the courtyard watching a little costume play. More about that later.

We could tell that this year's drought had taken its toll on the château's front garden. It was much sparser and less lush than we had seen it in previous years. Still pretty, but the lack of rainfall was obvious.

If you click on the photo above, you might be able to see the different heads carved into the supports at the top. I thought they were interesting.

7 comments:

  1. Oh, how I envy your good health (and may your health always be good).

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  2. Remarkable lines. You have the ability to capture the essence of both the natural or built environment!

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  3. The work from that time was stunning! Wish I could somehow get up to that height and see this up close.

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  4. Gorgeous photo, Walt! I can't say it enough: you have an amazing eye for photography :)

    Judy

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  5. I like the juxtaposition on the blog page of this vertical photo and the one of your feet a bit up to the right. Someone seems as if you could have taken both shots without moving--one up and one down. :)

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  6. goat cheese and wine!
    what more does one need/want? a good crust of bread I reckon.

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  7. starman, thanks. I'll try to keep it that way.

    ann, thank you!

    mitch, one day, once your settled, you and Jerry will come up to France and see it all for yourselves!

    judy, *blush*

    ginny, ah, would that it were that easy!

    michael, perhaps a friendly Dr. Spo to share it with!

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