I really enjoy reading MyMelange.com. It is a travel blog that focuses almost exclusively on travel to Paris and Italy.
I just came across a post written by a guest author by the name of Molly. The article was of particular interest to me, because our trip this summer is going to take us to the Loire Valley chateaux country.
Since there are so many in the area, we have been wondering which ones to see and which we could skip. This article really helps to narrow it down a bit.
As Molly puts it: "Hidden in the center of a forest is the Chateau Chambord. If you
close your eyes for a moment and envision what your idea might be for a
house only occupied for the occasional nights stay or whose primary use
would be as a hunting lodge – a castle with 440 rooms, 84 staircases,
and 365 fireplaces would certainly not be what most people would have in
mind. Yet, this was the structure that filled the desires of King
Francois I. For a hunting lodge, it is the largest Chateau in the Loire
This is definitely one of the chateaux that we definitely have in our plans. Jodi has spent a lot of time looking it over already
Chateau d’ Usse
This is one that we have overlooked I think. I looks terribly interesting, and looks as if it could be a castle from a number of fairytales.
Molly says that it is not the beauty of the chateau’s design that draws people here, but the
gardens surrounding it. The chateau is impressive it seems, but apparently its
French mosaic gardens are the main draw.
Chaumont is supposed to be one of the oldest chateau’s in the Loire Valley.
And, of course, you can't talk of chateaux in France without
including the palace at Versailles. Most people are
aware of Versailles and its beauty.
Versailles is not in the Loire, but it certainly can't be left off this list.
To read Molly's full article, visit MyMelange.com
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