"I saw in my life many beautiful buildings, but not any more beautiful or richer ... The interior of this park is filled with forests, lakes, streams, pastures and hunting grounds, and in the middle stands the building with its golden niche, its wings covered with lead, pavilions, terraces and corridors ... We left amazed, or rather, astonished"(Jerome Lippomano, Venetian ambassador, after a visit to Chambord, 1557)
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to give honor where honor, Chambord, François I’s hunting lodge, for its architecture both rational and abundant, yet mysterious. So many kings and princes lived there, up to Henri, Count of Chambord, which aborted the last attempt to restore the monarchy by his refusal of the tricolor flag in 1871.
and Cheverny for its furnishings where decoration amateur will always find an idea, even in the bouquets, and for the meal of the pack of hounds at 5 pm
the second day
Chenonceau, the Ladies’ castle, for its outstanding collection of paintings (Primaticcio, Rubens, Van Loo, Nattier ...)
the small castle where Leonardo da Vincy spent the last years of his life, the Clos-Luce, opposite the imposing Royal Castle,
and finally Chaumont-sur-Loire, which until the early twentieth century witnessed the splendor worthy of kings and Maharajas, with whimsical Marie Say and her husband Prince Amédée de Broglie.
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If you can travel one day more, visit:
Amboise, the royal castle overlooking the Loire,
in summer, in Chaumont, the International Garden Festival at the foot of the castle,
finally, in Blois, the castle, scene of wars between Catholics and Protestants in the sixteenth century and the assassination of the Duke of Guise by Henry III in 1588.
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* For your accommodation and dinner, try to get a room overlooking the castle in the Hotel du Grand Saint-Michel at Chambord. At the time when the crowds fade away, you’ll have only for you beautiful views of the castle, the forest and could see a deer or the family of a wild boar.
The next night you can stay at the hotel de la Roseraie at Chenonceau, which has the charm of provincial houses, maintained with great taste and freshness. Ask the master bedroom 15 overlooking the garden.
* If you are greedy, stock up on delicious biscuits from Biscuiterie de Chambord, at Maslives, three km from the castle.