Road trip in the Loire Valley : Villandry, Azay le Rideau & Ussé

The gardens of Villandry castle

New day, new castles!

We woke up to a quite grey & rainy weather, but it takes more than a few drops of water to stop us!

So after a cozy breakfast, during which our host suggested which castles to visit, we drove to our first destination of the day, the castle of Villandary, mostly known for its incredible gardens!

Villandry castle in the Loire Valley, france

Luckily as soon as we arrived, the rain stopped. So we could easily explore the gardens far & wide.

The gardens of Villandry castle

The gardens of Villandry castle

The gardens were incredible indeed!

The gardens of Villandry castle

The gardens of Villandry castle

^They’re simply rows & rows of salad… but the effect is amazing!

The gardens of Villandry castle

The gardens of Villandry castle

A rose in the garden of Villandry castle

I couldn’t get enough of wandering around, so of course there are plenty of pictures here! 😉

The gardens of Villandry castle

Visiting Villandry castle

The gardens of Villandry castle

Swans in Villandry castle

The gardens of Villandry castle

We visited the interior as well.

Kitchen in Villandry castle

Carved ceiling in Villandry castle

Interior of the castle of Villandry

But it was really the garden that stole our heart.

The gardens of Villandry castle

The gardens of Villandry castle

We continued to walk around in the upper garden,

Visiting Villandry castle

Visiting Villandry castle

The love garden in the castle of Villandry

until the rain came back & forced us to leave.

The gardens of Villandry castle

Our second stop was the castle of Azay le Rideau.

The castle of Azay-le-Rideau

Unfortunately, the castle was under renovation, so a big part of it was closed as well as the park. Which was a pity as the castle is surrounded by water so it would have been nice to walk around it.

Visiting the castle of Azay-le-Rideau

Also the rain was quite heavy when we arrived which didn’t help… Azay-le-Rideau castle didn’t impress us much.

But let’s take a quick tour anyway, shall we? 🙂

Visiting the castle of Azay-le-Rideau

I highly recommend to follow a guide when visiting the castles, as they tell many stories & the visits become much more interesting 😉

The interior of the castle of Azay-le-Rideau

There are plenty of them & of course the speak different languages. Sometimes, the tours were quite long, so what we did is the we followed around maybe half of the time 😉

Among small beds & huge fireplaces… #proportions 😉

The interior of the castle of Azay-le-Rideau

Huge fireplace in the castle of Azay-le-Rideau

As we left the castle it was lunch time & it was still raining,

The little town of Azay-le-Rideau in the Loire Valley, France

so we didn’t look too far, but entered in one of the first restaurants we saw nearby, Le Petit Gousier.

Restaurant Le Petit Gousier, Azay-le-Rideau

Afraid it was way too touristic, we actually had a quite good lunch 🙂

Fed & rested, we took the road again for our last stop of the day, the castle of Ussé, also known as the Sleeping Beauty castle. They say the beauty of this castle inspired Charles Perrault for his fairytale.

Visiting the castle of Ussé

I obviously had to visit it, as my favorite fairytale has always been The Sleeping Beauty!

Visiting the castle of Ussé

The castle was wonderful indeed!

Visiting the castle of Ussé

The Sleeping Beauty castle in France

Inside it was a bit different from the other castles we visited as they recreated scenes from the life in the castle.

Interior of the castle of Ussé

Interior of the castle of Ussé

It was quite funny.

Interior of the castle of Ussé

& I loved to see all the clothes.

Interior of the castle of Ussé

We then moved to the left tower, where the story of The Sleeping Beauty is recreated as well.

The Sleeping Beauty tower in the castle of Ussé

Call it magic.. 😉

The Sleeping Beauty in the castle of Ussé

The Sleeping Beauty in the castle of Ussé

The castle overlook the Indre river & the surroundings are beautiful as well.

View over the Indre river from the castle of Ussé

The sleeping beauty castle in France

Indre river in front of Ussé castle

Indre river in front of Ussé castle

Indre river in front of Ussé castle

Indre river in front of Ussé castle

We drove back home, crossing little villages,

La Poire Tapée village in the Loire valley, France

^we found the name of this one particularly amusing : the hit pear.

We passed in front of this machine, we never saw before : where you could buy fresh fruits & veggies from the farmer!

Modern farmer market in the Loire Valley, France

We obviously made some food shopping.

Modern farmer market in the Loire Valley, France

& we finally arrived back home. Tired by a long day of wandering, we just bought some (very yummy actually – thanks again Tripadvisor ;p) pizza & we ate in the comfy bed watching a movie.

#Glamourouslife right? 😉

Stay tuned for the final the day of our castles adventures in the next post! xx

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8 Comments

  1. These castles look like they are straight out of a fairytale! You have so many amazing photographs – definitely inspiring me to add it to my bucket list! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Wow, this place looks like it’s right out of a fantasy movie or a fairy tale, I love those gardens, I could have so much fun there 😀 – And even the inside really looks like an incredible place to visit – I’m jealous 😀

  3. Wow, those castles look amazing! I remember going to Versailles as a kid and trying to imagine living there. It was mind blowing!

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