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!
Luckily as soon as we arrived, the rain stopped. So we could easily explore the gardens far & wide.
The gardens were incredible indeed!
^They’re simply rows & rows of salad… but the effect is amazing!
I couldn’t get enough of wandering around, so of course there are plenty of pictures here! 😉
We visited the interior as well.
But it was really the garden that stole our heart.
We continued to walk around in the upper garden,
until the rain came back & forced us to leave.
Our second stop was 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.
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? 🙂
I highly recommend to follow a guide when visiting the castles, as they tell many stories & the visits become much more interesting 😉
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 😉
As we left the castle it was lunch time & it was still raining,
so we didn’t look too far, but entered in one of the first restaurants we saw nearby, Le Petit Gousier.
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.
I obviously had to visit it, as my favorite fairytale has always been The Sleeping Beauty!
The castle was wonderful indeed!
Inside it was a bit different from the other castles we visited as they recreated scenes from the life in the castle.
It was quite funny.
& I loved to see all the clothes.
We then moved to the left tower, where the story of The Sleeping Beauty is recreated as well.
Call it magic.. 😉
The castle overlook the Indre river & the surroundings are beautiful as well.
We drove back home, crossing little villages,
^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!
We obviously made some food shopping.
& 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