We spent the last two days in the Loire Valley of France. The area is noted for its many beautiful chateaus. Following are a couple pictures of the four we visited arranged in order of least favorite to favorite.
This is Azay-le-Rideau which doesn’t look too bad in this carefully framed shot. However, following is what the main part of the chateau looked like.
The roof leaks and they have a two year program to repair it
With 440 rooms, Chambord, is by far the largest and most exotic looking chateau. But it isn’t beautiful, the rooms are pretty empty, it has no garden, and the lawn needs watering.
VIllandry has by far the nicest gardens, is nicely furnished with furniture from the late nineteenth century, and had a good English handout. It was a close contest.
Chenonceau was our favorite based on its location over the river, it’s beautiful flower arrangements in every room, good furnishings, good English handout and small but nice garden. Plus, it was only a five minute walk from our hotel.
We are now in Turin, Italy after a long drive. We take a train to Switzerland tomorrow.