Château de Chenonceau ~ Loire Valley ~ France ~ It is by the river Cher and surrounded by forests and gardens. King Henry II gave it to his favorite - Diane de Poitiers, but when he died in a tournament, his widow the queen Catherine de Medici forced Diane to give it back to her. It's been remodeled numerous times over the years by several different women of position. The gardens are as pretty as the castle itself!
Castle of Villandry, France
Castelo Chambord, Loir-et-Cher, França. Residência do rei Luís 14, o castelo Chambord foi erguido no século 16 e serviu de inspiração para artistas como Leonardo da Vinci. Atualmente é a mais visitada das construções do vale do Loire.
Medieval Village, Montrésor, France
Chateaux de Chambord, Loire Valley, France in the fall...
Les chateaux de la Loire, France. Photos by Alix Bancourt --- they were all within driving distance when we lived in Orleans ...