Chambord and Chaumont

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The Chateau de Chambord is the biggest in the Loire region having 440 rooms.  The setting is in a 13,440 acre park surrounded by 32 kilometers of walls.  It’s hard to believe this was built as a hunting lodge.  Leonardo da Vinci is credited with the design of the Grand Escalier du Logis, an open-sided double spiral staircase where people can ascend and descend at the same time.  It leads, via the Kings bedroom, to a lantern tower. 
Next we went to the Chateau de Chaumont because the grounds are the setting of a spectacular annual garden festival.  Twenty-five original gardens are created to a selected theme by some of France’s top garden designers.  These gardens were the most fantabulous I have ever seen anywhere.  This garden festival is held every year from April to October and is a must see if you come to the Loire region.
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This was my favorite but the picture doesn’t show how pretty it really is.  All of these flowers and mushrooms are made from a mesh chicken type wire and spray painted.
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These displays have given me ideas for our yard and I can’t wait to get home now!

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This was a bedroom type garden where the indoors and outdoors merged so perfectly together. There was even an old bathtub with a water feature.
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A photographer teacher was coaching these two on taking pictures.  They all had the $10K Nikons.  If I could understand French I would have followed them around all afternoon to eavesdrop on the lessons.
The castle in the background of the gardens was stunning.
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3 comments

  1. Beautiful pictures and grounds. I'm sure that you yourself could give lessons on how to take pictures. I mean that seriously. Linda

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