Sunday, February 05, 2023

Face à la façade

This is the southwestern façade of the Château de Valençay. The domed towers on either end are hard to miss. The rooms of this wing are furnished and visitors can walk the length of the ground floor and the first floor, not to mention the basement where the kitchen is. I haven't found any photos of the interior; maybe I never took any.

Since I took this photo, the big lawn has been fancied up. Valençay, April 2004.

I got a message from our new deck contractor letting us know that the tile we selected is no longer available. We have to choose a different tile, so we'll head over to the building center this week to pick one out. I'm encouraged because his message means he's actually preparing to do the work this spring as promised. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!


  1. Stunning photo. Of course, the tile isn't available anymore, although you can perhaps find remnants in a vintage shop. So glad progress is being made.

  2. Eagerly awaiting the "ta dah" moment when we see your newly tiled porch!

  3. Tile comes and goes, it took us a month to find tile for the kitchen. The first one we selected, was not availble in the quantity we needed in the same die lot.

  4. I love the chateau at Valençay. Thanks. Fingers crossed for your deck work.

  5. Wow, what a photo!
    Good news about the tile, even if you have to pick out new :)

  6. Do you know if this quaint place is connected to a winery? It looks familiar as if off a label on a wine bottle

  7. mitch, it shouldn't be hard to find a new tile. What we chose is pretty basic and close to what we already have.

    evelyn, later this spring, if we're lucky. Stay tuned!

    travel, it's important to get kitchen tile right, that's for sure!

    bettyann, thanks!

    judy, :)

    michael, it is a wine producing area (AOP Valençay), and there is a vineyard close to the château.

  8. Optical illusion! The two towers on the left look like one if it weren’t for the two bulbs that say there are two slimmer towers like the one on the right. Very interesting!


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