Chateau de Chambord…

Having spent the last week packing and moving house I have had no time to post; every spare moment has been taken in going up and down stairs, packing and unpacking, arranging utilities etc etc… I am still without internet at my new home, so thought I would grab a friend’s computer for an hour to add a few more images from the amazing Chateau de Chambord, and thank everyone who has visited and liked my post’s thus far – I sincerely appreciate it!

I was dreaming of blue skies and dramatic light on the drive to Chambord, and although not quite as sunny as I would have liked (are we ever satisfied?!?), the awe inspiring Chateau was certainly a sight to behold. Obviously I am interested in architecture anyway, but this was just beautiful French Renaissance architecture. It is the largest of the Chateau’s in the Loire valley, originally being constructed as a hunting lodge for Francois I. Most intriguing is the double helix staircase and the fact that it was impractical to heat such a vast space; as such when the King and his entourage (numbering up to 2000 people) visited, they also brought with them everything from furniture to cutlery; no doubt a major undertaking!

The beautiful northwest facade of the Chateau de Chambord
The beautiful northwest facade of the Chateau de Chambord © Michael Evans Photographer 2013

The amazing double helix staircase enables two people to pass each other going in either direction totally unaware of each other’s identity…

Double Helix staircase, Chateau de Chambord
Double helix staircase © Michael Evans Photographer 2013

Stunning ceiling detail…

High ceilings at Chateau de Chambord
Beautiful to behold, impossible to heat properly… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Chateau de Chambord
Detail from the roof gallery… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Bedroom at Chateau de Chambord
A magnificent bedroom © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Chateau de Chambord
View from the roof… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Chateau de Chambord
The roof main tower © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Chateau de Chambord
Courtyard from the roof… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
Chateau de Chambord
The entrance to the Chateau… 6 image panoramic stitch © Michael Evans Photographer 2013

After our tour of the chateau it was time to head to our accommodation for the night, La Belviniere in nearby Tour-en-Solonge; this had been chosen by Mel, and turned out to be another of our hotel highlights from this trip. We were made to feel so incredibly welcome by our host Sylvie and her faithful Golden Retriever. I must add that I have in no way been commissioned to promote this place, I simply do so because it was comfortable, romantic and excellent!

La Belviniere, Tour-en-Solonge
Panoramic of La Belviniere © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
La Belviniere, Tour-en-Solonge guest accomodation
Our cottage for the night… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
La Belviniere, Tour-en-Solonge guest accomodation
La Belviniere, Tour-en-Solonge guest accommodation.
La Belviniere, Tour-en-Solonge
La Belviniere, Tour-en-Solonge, split level… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
La Belviniere, Tour-en-Solonge
A welcome bath… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
La Belviniere, Tour-en-Solonge
Perfect place to read, relax and drink the local wine…© Michael Evans Photographer 2013
La Belviniere, Tour-en-Solonge
Beautiful beams © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
La Belviniere, Tour-en-Solonge
So peaceful… © Michael Evans Photographer 2013
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2 thoughts on “Chateau de Chambord…

  1. Wonderful is not enough… Your pictures are so different… (The english words don’t give me the same feeling than french one’s. So… Bravo, une toute autre lumière se dégage de ces merveilleux chateaux, Chambord, Chaumont et du reste… Un désir de s’y rendre et de s’y attarder pour en prendre plein les yeux et le coeur. De superbes images qui font vibrer la corde du souvenir, qui font comprendre ce que les constructeurs ont voulu nous transmettre… Merci Michael…
    Sylvie

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