Friday, March 30, 2012

The surprising flower arrangements of Chateau de Chenonceau

downstairs in the kitchens

One thing I learned about myself is that I am a chateau junkie.  I'm sure my kids tired of one gorgeous castle after another, but not me.  I could spend all my days wandering through such opulence.

One of the most famous of the Loire Valley Chateaux is Chenonceau. It was built in 1513 by Katherine Briçonnet, and successively embellished by Diane de Poitiers then Catherine de Medici.  

At first, as we wandered through, I thought the flower arrangements were actually fake.  But, no, just so gorgeous that they didn't possibly seem real.  I wondered how many gardeners they have on staff to create these amazing creations each day.

. . . and does the fact that I notice such things make me like my mother?


approaching the front door


words cannot describe!

a view of the castle and it's 'above the river' location

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