Sunday, October 10, 2010
FRANCE...Château de Chenonceau (10)
Château de Chenonceau is a castle near a small village Chenonceau in the beautiful Loire Valley. It was built on the site of an old mill on the river Cher. It reflects the combined influence of five women, who brought a feminine touch to this graceful building. First came Catherine Briconnet, wife of the royal chamberlain, who supervised the construction of the château. Later, Diane de Poitiers, Henri II's mistress, created a formal garden and built a bridge over the Cher river. After Henri's death, his widow, Catherine de Médici, reclaimed the château and topped the bridge with a gallery.
Catherine de Médici's gardens
Myself in the gardens of Château de Chenonceau
The old stables were turned into a restaurant for visitors
Bedroom of Diane de Portiers
Five Queen's bedroom
Bedroom of Catherine de Medici
Francis I's bedroom
Hope you enjoyed the tour of Château de Chenonceau! I will continue with our tour next time...
Images 1, 13 & 15 by Wikipedia. Image 4 by my friend Ronelle. All other images taken by me