Saturday, December 19, 2020


There is a lot wrong with this photo, but it shows the attraction of the château at Azay-le-Rideau. It's built on an island in the Indre River, a tributary of the nearby Loire. The water around the island is channeled to create a relatively still pond on the south and west sides of the building that acts like a mirror. The result is quite impressive.

Le château d'Azay-le-Rideau, scanned color slide, October 2000.

I was last at Azay in the fall of 2014. The gardens around the château were undergoing renovations then and were closed, so this view wasn't available. I took this photo fourteen years before that, in October 2000. Maybe next year, if the tourist sites open back up, I can go back and update my photos of the place.


  1. It's a wonderful chateau with its foundations firmly planted in water. For year 2000, the slide and subsequent scan are very good.

  2. It was on my list of châteaux to see, on the last trip, but had to be sacrificed... never enough time for everything!

  3. I looked and looked, Walt, but I couldn’t find one thing I didn’t like about this photo. I visited there in 2008 or 2009 and it certainly is impressive. I need to return to see the renovated gardens.

  4. I was there when I was in high school on a trip to France. It is beautiful.

  5. I have seen this before in photos; who lives there now?

  6. andrew, it's got amazing wood works (rafters) under the roof, and they're open to the public.

    mitch, spot on!

    chm, yes!

    judy, next time!

    bettyann, the first thing I saw was that I cut off the spires on the roof. Ugh.

    michael, I think 2000 was the first time for me.

    michael, it's not lived in, except for the ghosts...


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