Loire Valley, France, p.2
Did you miss my first entry about the recent road trip I took through the Loire Valley? If so, you can catch up here. Today I’ll share a few of my favorite castles we visited plus the sweet town of Blois. If you’re planning a honeymoon through the Loire Valley, there are two castles I think you simply *must* visit: Chenonceau and Chambord. There are many more lovely castles that dot this magical countryside and are definitely worth a visit but these two will certainly impress.
The Château de Chenonceau was such a fairytale-like delight with its long ballroom sprawling across the River Cher, its amazing kitchens built into the bridge piers and the history of being a ‘Château des Dames,’ (Womens’ Castle), mostly safeguarded against wars and destruction.
We stopped for a light lunch at L’Orangerie, the restaurant on the castle premises, which faces the Green Garden designed by Bernard Palissy. Next up, we drove over to Chambord ….
The word stunning doesn’t measure up to the beauty of Chambord. And the interior surpassed impressive. There is a magnificent central staircase inside designed by Da Vinci and the rooftop is sprinkled with winding towers, spiraling chimneys and gorgeous stairways.
Later in the week, we ventured to the city of Blois … loved this romantic view of the rooftops:
After touring the city of Blois, we headed to the Château Royal de Blois. Steeped in history and so very well preserved, it was easy to imagine the events that occured at this incredible castle (including the horrific murder of the Duke of Guise). The stormy skies lent a fabulous mood and dramatic air to both the castle and town.
– If you’re visiting Chenonceau during the spring or summer, try to book a boat ride that will take you under the majestic arches of the castle. We didn’t have the time or foresight to do this but I think it would be incredibly romantic for a honeymoon!
– When purchasing your ticket at the Château at Blois, you can get a discount on the Museum of Magic that is directly across the courtyard of the castle. It’s a little lighthearted but offers an interesting performance-art piece in their little theater. When we visited, the theme was Alice in Wonderland and I greatly enjoyed it. Creative and very visually pleasing.
Photography by Sarah Darcy of Classic Bride blog.