For our last day in the Loire Valley, we explored another 2 wonderful castles.
But first things first. Having woke up to a quite sunny day, we started our day with a morning run! #motivationiseverything
Followed by a much needed breakfast! 😉
Then we were finally ready to go to Chenonceau castle. I had seen pictures of this castle, so I was expecting it to be beautiful, but it was even more beautiful in real!
Built over the Cher river & surrounded by a beautiful, extended park, it was quite unique.
There’s a long, tree-lined avenue to arrive to the entrance,
and all around there was like an old little village, with charming houses.
The interior of the castle is full of beautiful, old fournitures,
The windows are beautiful & the castle is full of light!
Plus, the view over the river is something!! 🙂
The 60 meters long gallery was once a beautiful ballroom,
whereas during WWI it was used as hospital.
While during the WWII, Chenonceau was used as a route to pass from the occupied side of France to the free one, as the river was the demarcation line.
The gardens aren’t bad neither, as you can see 😉
After that, we drove to the last castle of our trip, the castle of Chambord.
There was also a huge flea market all around & food stalls.
So before everything else, we started by eating crepes in the sun!
& then we visited the castle. The interior was quite empty & austere actually.
Ok, not every room was austere 😉
But giving the outside, I was expecting much more splendors inside.
There were a huge room that was used as a theatre. Molière performed there for the first time his play Le Bourgeois gentilhomme.
What is really interesting is the double spiral staircase in the centre of the castle.
The two spirals, designed by Leonardo da Vinci, never meet, so that 2 people can walk up & down without never seeing each other.
We then went up on the terrace to observe the delicate details of the towers.
We also enjoyed a beautiful view over the surrounding park from up there.
And as we just love flea markets, we just couldn’t leave without wandering around the huge one surrounding the castle!
Full of old, funny props!
What a perfect end to a beautiful road trip! 🙂