Road trip in the Loire Valley : Chenonceau & Chambord

The gardens of the castle of Chenonceau in the Loire valley in France

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

morning run in the countryside with my love

nice decoration in our guest-house in the Loire valley

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!

Visiting the castle of Chenonceau in the Loire Valley, France

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,

Tree-lined avenue leading to the castle of Chenonceau

Tree-lined avenue leading to the castle of Chenonceau

Visiting the castle of Chenonceau in the Loire Valley, France

Visiting the castle of Chenonceau in the Loire Valley, France

Visiting the castle of Chenonceau in the Loire Valley, France

and all around there was like an old little village, with charming houses.

pretty house around Chenonceau castle

pretty house around Chenonceau castle

pretty house around Chenonceau castle

The interior of the castle is full of beautiful, old fournitures,

The interior of Chenonceau castle

The interior of Chenonceau castle

The interior of Chenonceau castle

The interior of Chenonceau castle

Visiting the castle of Chenonceau in the Loire Valley, France

The interior of Chenonceau castle

The interior of Chenonceau castle

The windows are beautiful & the castle is full of light!

The interior of Chenonceau castle

Plus, the view over the river is something!! 🙂

The interior of Chenonceau castle

The 60 meters long gallery was once a beautiful ballroom,

The interior of Chenonceau castle

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.

Visiting the castle of Chenonceau in the Loire Valley, France

Visiting the castle of Chenonceau in the Loire Valley, France

The gardens aren’t bad neither, as you can see 😉

The gardens of the castle of Chenonceau in the Loire valley in France

The gardens of the castle of Chenonceau in the Loire valley in France

The gardens of the castle of Chenonceau in the Loire valley in France

After that, we drove to the last castle of our trip, the castle of Chambord.

Visiting the Castle of Chambord in the Loire Valley

So huge!

& intricate!

Visiting the Castle of Chambord in the Loire Valley

Visiting the Castle of Chambord in the Loire Valley

There was also a huge flea market all around & food stalls.

Flea market at Chambord castle

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 😉

The interior of Chambord castle

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.

The theatre in Chambord castle

Statue of Molière in the castle of Chambord

What is really interesting is the double spiral staircase in the centre of the castle.

Double spiral staircase in the castle of Chambord

The two spirals, designed by Leonardo da Vinci, never meet, so that 2 people can walk up & down without never seeing each other.

Double spiral staircase in the castle of Chambord

We then went up on the terrace to observe the delicate details of the towers.

Visiting the Castle of Chambord in the Loire Valley

Visiting the Castle of Chambord in the Loire Valley

Visiting the Castle of Chambord in the Loire Valley

 

Visiting the Castle of Chambord in the Loire Valley

We also enjoyed a beautiful view over the surrounding park from up there.

Visiting the Castle of Chambord in the Loire Valley

The garden of the castle of Chambord

And as we just love flea markets, we just couldn’t leave without wandering around the huge one surrounding the castle!

Flea market at Chambord castle

Full of old, funny props!

Flea market at Chambord castle

What a perfect end to a beautiful road trip! 🙂

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