France Day 2 Part I: The "Real" Sleeping Beauty Castle
Even a day for fairy tales ...
... must start with coffee. Pastries don't hurt either.
Mm. Breakfast on the way out of Tours.
Our destination on Day 2 was, as many of our itinerary decisions on this trip, a Clementine-driven one: Usse, aka the "real" Sleeping Beauty castle. It's not one of the most famous in the Loire. We blew past a handful of much better-known ones, likes Azay-le-Rideau, Langeais, and Villandry. But Sleeping Beauty lives there, see, so it was a shoo-in :-)
This is not it. This was glimpsed from the car not long after leaving Tours, and we had to detour to check it out. What we found was a small, sleepy, gorgeous village called Luynes, and this castle, which was private and closed. Imagine living here :-) (Ah, but I've got a better one for you to imagine living in next post :-)
A house in Luynes. Can you believe? Wistful sigh. Oh, and do you notice a certain ... princess?
We had brought with us, a surprise, this princess dress, and Clementine awoke to find it waiting for her. It was a bit of a hit. Feared we'd never get her out of it!
The drive to Usse was gorgeous. We made other breathless detours to take pictures, but had to bypass many too.
This is our first glimpse of the village of Usse:
And of the chateau behind it. Ooh. So fairy tale!
So why the whole Sleeping Beauty thing? The story goes that this is the castle that Charles Perrault, the famous French teller of fairy tales, had in mind when he wrote Sleeping Beauty. Is it true? I don't know. But the management at Usse makes the most of it. One whole tower (Above, far left in photo) is given over to tableaux from the story, and my oh my did a certain little Pie enjoy it.
Happy Friday. XO!