France Day 1 Part II: Chambord
*note: if you click on first photo, it will "embiggen" and become a slide show.*
um. if you want.
From Blois, our destination was the Chateau de Chambord, the largest chateau in the Loire Valley, just a little ol' hunting lodge, no big deal, ha ha.
Built as a hunting lodge by Francois I, Chambord is basically a gorgeous pile of useless, and was scarcely ever used. Oh king, you crazy.
Best purchase of the trip (after all the books, of course): swords!!
From day 1, a certain little chevalier swashbuckled her way across the land,
making photos more awesome with some drama and pointiness :-)
Yummy lunch in the chateau cafe.
View of the parkland, of which there is much.
On a longer trip here, one might cycle around, check out the wildlife from the hunting blinds (sans guns, one imagines) or rent a boat or a bright orange surrey. Don't you love a surrey?
(Pics with the funky blur are taken with a Lensbaby Composer Pro and Double Glass Optic. Fun!
I'm a rookie with it, much to learn, and didn't use it a ton on the trip, but I love the effect!)
(Square pics, of course, are Hipstamatic on iPhone. Love the Hipsta.)
These two pics are up on the roof, which is a crazy wonderland of turrets and domes. Seeing them in passing just now, Jim said, "What are we doing here?" which has been our sentiment lately: why do we not live in Europe? WHY?
I have this vague notion now of beginning some sort of lifelong odyssey to see as many castles as possible -- in France yes, but the rest of Europe too. Think Germany, Scotland, Russia ... Hm. I sense this odyssey getting quickly out of hand. A lifetime would not be enough to see the castles in France alone. It's crazy the way you can be driving along on a minor road in, say, the Loire Valley, and catch glimpses of castles in passing that are not at all famous, just another chateau ho hum. They are everywhere. And oh, I love them. The splurge of our trip was to stay a night in a castle, and oh my was it lovely and fine. I'll show you it in a few posts.
Hm. I'm going to start a post tag "castles" as a first step in my new odyssey :-) Done!
Goodnight, crazy Chambord!