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Touring Chateaux from Azay-le-Rideau

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An April 2004 trip to Azay-le-Rideau by kjlouden

Main Street from the Rail Station Photo, Azay-le-Rideau, France More Photos
Quote: After four trains from Paris and 100 miles of canola fields, we arrived in Azay-le-Rideau in the Loire Valley, but. . . where was it? Another 1.2 miles on foot and there was the storybook town and our vine-covered hotel.

Touring Chateaux from Azay-le-Rideau

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Main Street from the Rail Station Photo, Azay-le-Rideau, France
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The two chateaux we toured are among the very best in the Loire Valley.Luckily, we arose with the dawn. (The night before, the little town of Azay-le-Rideau had slumbered early.) As we walked the narrow medieval street leading to the chateau, merchants were setting out their wares. We got audio programs in English and exited the Visitors’ Center through the back door, and that moment was when we felt lucky to be among the first visitors. It was worth 4 trains from CDG to behold "the crowning achievement of the Renaissance in the Touraine" gleaming like an epiphany in the morning sun....Read More

Best Western Hotel Val de Loire

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Hotel

Best Western Hotel Val de Loire Photo, Azay-le-Rideau, France
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"Bonsoir!"The proprietor greeted us through his thick moustache, and we immediately liked him. After check-in, he picked up my heavy suitcase in one hand and David’s in the other and trotted at a steady pace up two flights of stairs to our room (no elevator). Every morning and evening, he made us a large pot of coffee with our own Maxwell House and brought it to us at one of the cabana-style seating groups in the lobby bar, where we admired his own handiwork. I asked him if he had worked on the place himself ("yes"), and he beamed with pride when I exclaimed, "Perfect." He was so . . . French! And, so was Hotel Val de Loire.Everything shine...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 6, 2004

Best Western Hotel Val de Loire
50-52 Rue Nationale
Azay-le-Rideau, France
(2) 4745-2829

Azay-le-Rideau Chateau

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Attraction

Azay-le-Rideau Chateau Photo, Azay-le-Rideau, France
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Did you know that the Loire Valley has over 300 chateaux? This one was the envy of all.The first owner we know about was Giles Berthelot, who acquired the estate with the Lordship of Azay in 1515 and reconstructed a mansion built by an unknown. Berthelot was Treasurer of France under Francois I, and he and his wife Philippe did such a good job of designing the chateau that the King was envious and accused him of misappropriating funds, or so the story goes. He was forced to abandon the estate unfinished. Next owner was Marquis Charles de Biencourt, who added Renaissance touches, especially the grand staircase showing as the huge bay on the front facade.The ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 6, 2004

Azay-le-Rideau Chateau
rue Pineau
Azay-le-Rideau, France 37190
(0)2 47 45 42 04

Château de Chenonceau

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Attraction | "Chenonceau Chateau"

Château de Chenonceau Photo, Chenonceaux, France
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Chenonceau is one of the most beloved Chateaux.It is one of the most visited chateaux in the Loire Valley. At least, crowds were in evidence the day we visited! Because it straddles the River Cher, it is more romantic, and many want to see its spectacular foundations rising from the water. Some folks want to see the building projects and designs directed by the women who lived there--the design is referred to as "feminine." Others want to see famous portraits of these women, particularly those commissioned by Henry II of his mistress Diane de Poitiers. One of those is by Le Primatice:...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 7, 2004

Château de Chenonceau
37150 Chenonceaux
Francia, France Francia
+ 33 (2( 47 23 90 07

Chenonceaux, the Picturesque Village

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Rail Building Photo, Azay-le-Rideau, France
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Bring your camera!Chenonceaux (yes, the "x" is correct for the village, but not for the chateau) is the best photo opp I found in rural France. I must have wasted a hundred shots from the train in my attempts to capture a few good photos of provincial subjects. I wanted to take home a memory of the simplistic, clean, rustic--you know, the perfect shot, like those in travel and home-decor magazines! Okay, so these opportunities have been "arranged" a bit for the tourist’s convenience, but they still can’t be beat without countless hours in a car. Besides, the village looks authentic enough! Actually, in this area of the Loire Valley, it exemplifies t...Read More

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kjlouden
West Virginia, United States

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