Outside smells like autumn. The pale sun shines and spreads its gentle warmth inducing the earth in a nostalgic state. Days are shorter, nights are colder, trees are changing in their multicolored coats, and all signs foretell the harvest season. It is also the “off-season” season in France, when there are less tourists, shorter queues, and more agreeable visits of famous historical monuments.
Knowing that I am eager to discover more of France, last weekend my husband organized a surprise getaway trip to central France. If you follow me on Instagram then you already know that it was a road trip, and our first stop was in Orléans. However, the final destination was Val de la Loire. The region has a rich cultural and historic heritage. Because of the high castle density it is impossible to visit all of them in one weekend, so we opted for the most famous ones. We visited Chateau de Chenonceau in the first place.
The castle rests its walls on one shore of Cher river, but an arched bridge with a large gallery joins the other bank of the river. Over the years, many noble and royal personalities came across this castle leaving their print and spirit amid the walls of this charming place.Romantic, imposing, and splendid the chateau doesn’t leave anyone disinterested.
Every one who has visited the castle felt in love with the chateau along the river, and it is not hard to understand why. Situated in the green heart of France, Chateau de Chenonceau is one of those places where you would love to spend your time. Offering breathtaking views over the river and large beautiful gardens, after Palais of Versailles, this is the most visited historical monument in France.
A great importance in the history of this palace has its ladies. They contributed directly to the construction, expansion, restoration,and preservation of this gem. Names like Diane de Poitiers, Catherine de’ Medici, Louise Dupin echoes in the style and architecture of the chateau.
Going from room to room we learnt the history of the building while admiring astonishing views through its windows. After visiting the inside of the castle, we took a walk through its gardens jammed with aromatic and colorful flowers. Trust me, the ambiance is enchanting.
Besides the ornamental gardens, the castle has a garden maze with a heighten gazebo in the middle. This central platform allows a complete view of the labyrinth’s layout.
We calmly spent few hours exploring the castle and its surroundings. When you find yourself in a place like Chateau de Chenonceau you lose track of time, and it’s so easy to break away from reality. If you decide to visit this chateau, take your time and stroll around. Also, there is a restaurant where you can enjoy the french cuisine and wine while admiring one of the most recognizable castles in Europe.