History and beauty in the Loire Valley

More photos from our trip to France, which is sadly almost over. Back to porridge and old clothes as my husband’s grandmother would say.

Chateau Villandry
Doesn’t everyone have gardens like this?
Lovely fireplace inside Chateau Villandry
Chateau Azay-le-Rideau
Chambord – built by Francois I

Overall, we saw chateaus built from the 10th century onward. Chambord was the most extravagant. Villandry’s gardens are beyond compare. French nobles certainly knew how to live! And yesterday, Ian and I had the pleasure of lunch and some sightseeing with author Alison Morton and her husband.

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M.K. Tod writes historical fiction. Her latest novel, TIME AND REGRET was published by Lake Union. Mary’s other novels, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE and UNRAVELLED are available from Amazon, NookKoboGoogle Play and iTunes. She can be contacted on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads or on her website www.mktod.com.


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6 Responses

  1. Great photos from a grand trip. My wife and I did a similar one a few years ago and were inspired to create a new garden. Back to porridge!

  2. Loved those chateaus when I first saw them in National Geographic as a child. Loved them when I visited the Loire valley in 1978. And loved seeing them again on your blog! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Azay-le-Rideau is my favorite. The location and its size make it “homey”. Chenonceau’s location over the river is a great, but the dark rivalry between Diane de Poitiers and the queen Catherine de Medici makes it dark and heavy.

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