Saturday, June 25, 2011

Arches at Chenonceau

The Château de Chenonceau is probably one of the most visited and photographed of the Loire Valley castles, and I've certainly done my share. Its signature gallery spanning the Cher River is recognized around the world.

A section of the gallery arches over the Cher River at Chenonceau.

If you've been to visit us, or if you've read our blogs for a while, you know that there is a great path along the left bank of the river that passes right next to the castle. The path is public and free and affords great views of the span across the river. Of course, you can't get into the gardens or the building itself; to do that you need to cross the river and buy tickets.

The castle is very interesting inside, especially the kitchens that are built down near water level. The grounds and gardens are also very interesting to wander around in. The problem is that in season (most of the spring, summer, and fall) the crowds can really be thick and that can put a damper on your enjoyment of the place.


  1. Fantastic shot... love it.
    And I agree about NY doing the right thing. Although it's about time it was addressed at a Federal level in America rather than just a state level. Doesn't do any of us any good as far as social security inheritance is concerned and that's simply wrong in this day and age.

  2. I visited it in December 2005 and it was bone-chillingly freezing in there!

    @Craig: Also the President knows full well that it's a Federal issue for Federal employees (including the military) and for transnational citizens. Any politician who bangs on about it being a state issue is being disingenuous.

  3. Chenonceau must be one of the most romantic castles in the world. Sadly, I have still not visited it. So I am grateful for this photo. It is unusual to see it from this angle, in close-up, rather than the larger view. It has encouraged me to google that.


  4. Maybe we might pop in for another look next May Walt.

  5. 3 cheers for NY state! Antoinette

  6. Pictures like this always get me to thinking I need to book another trip to Europe. It looks beautiful.


  7. It sure is a great day for N.Y. Let's hope many other states will follow suit.

  8. It is a good day indeed! I'm proud of your state.

  9. I was born a New Yorker, then got educated and made my career in Boston -- am so proud of my two states!

    Fritz and I have to do the Loire some day.

  10. I am in total agreement with
    the passage of NY's new marriage
    law; however, for an interesting
    take on the situation, read the
    op-ed in yesterday's NY Times
    "Marriage is a Mixed Blessing."
    (You'll have to do a search on
    the Opinion page.) The author,
    Katherine Franke is herself in a lesbian partnership, but they
    don't want to marry.

  11. I recognize the place
    Every place has its Disneyland, no?

  12. Lovely pic. When we visited Chenonceau, they told us that during World War II, one side belonged to the allies and the other to Germany. Don't know if that is true. Have you guys heard from chm? Where is he travelling?

    And bravo for NY!

  13. Beautiful river and arches Walt. So peaceful and serene.

  14. craig, thanks! And yes, I agree, the federal level needs to recognize. But, I have a feeling that if the California ruling eliminates Prop 8, the tables will certainly have turned and the federal government will repeal DOMA.

    mike, I've been there in winter, too, when the fireplaces are going to keep the place a bit above the outside temperature.

    anna, it's quite impressive in person!

    leon, it'll be here!

    n&a, yippee!

    bosguy, absolutely!

    chm, me too!

    evelyn, ditto! (I hope that wasn't too Rush Limbaugh, lol)

    will, and when you do, be sure to look us up!

    sheila, I haven't seen that yet, but I know what you mean. Still, having the option, equality, is all anyone has wanted. I know heterosexual couples who've been together for a long time and don't want to be married.

    michael, the mice are smaller here. And there's a real Disneyland outside of Paris.

    diogenes, yes, that's true. CHM has been visiting family here and there. I'm not certain of his itinerary.

    ron, it is a lovely place, except when it's wall-to-wall people. ;)

  15. It would be cool (literally) to live there.

  16. Diogenes, I'm flattered that my wherabouts are interesting you. Why don't you send an e-mail to Walt or Ken and ask for my e-mail address? I'll answer.


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