Travel Photo Thursday | Chateaus and Castles of the Loire Valley

Chateaus and Castles of the Loire Valley

Travel Photo Thursday | Chateaus and Castles of the Loire Valley

During our trip to Paris in 2003, we decided to take a day trip to Tours, France where we were scheduled to meet at the (get this) Office of Tourism to meet the tour group (I’ve got a million of ‘em) for our tour (told ya!) of the Chateaus and Castles of the Loire Valley.

One of the major tenets that I ascribe to is “If you’re going to travel in a metal contraption with recirculated, stale air for over 8 hours, make it count!”  Therefore, we try to include day trips in our travels as a way of stretching our dollar as far as it will go.



I was most impressed with the Chateau de Chenonceau mostly because it was impressively expansive and gracefully sat just over the River Cher.  This incredibly checkered ballroom floor is situated right above the river.   This photo’s viewpoint makes the floor look interminable as if it has no end, that it is indeed the pathway to history.

If you allow yourself to let your imagination soar, you can see a 3-dimensional time portal open as you get halfway down the hall.  On the other side, you will find yourself in the middle of an exquisite ball that’s being held there with ladies in all of their finery being escorted by gentlemen of stature and means.

This photo is part of the Travel Photo Thursday series which is the brainchild of Nancie M with Budget Travelers Sandbox.



Renee King
  • Grace
    Posted at 16:00h, 05 May Reply

    The photo gets trippy when you look at the ceiling and the floor at the same time!

    • Renee
      Posted at 07:39h, 06 May Reply

      Yes, the perspective is definitely an attention grabber!

    • Renee
      Posted at 10:07h, 07 May Reply

      Grace, I am embarrassed to admit that I hadn’t really thought of it that way. You are very perceptive about depth perception!

  • Michael Figueiredo
    Posted at 17:44h, 05 May Reply

    Beautiful photos and I like your new “watermark” too!

    • Renee
      Posted at 20:30h, 05 May Reply

      Thanks, Mike….I’d been wanting one for awhile and my daughter finally obliged me.

  • Debbie Beardsley
    Posted at 18:01h, 05 May Reply

    Very lovely photographs of a fabulous castle!

    • Renee
      Posted at 19:01h, 05 May Reply

      Thanks, Debbie!

  • Nancie
    Posted at 18:26h, 05 May Reply

    Wonderful shot Renee! I’m with you on the day trips; often much cheaper than going and staying close to a particular tourist attraction.

    I had a brainchild? 🙂 (laughing here)

    • Renee
      Posted at 19:00h, 05 May Reply

      Thanks, Nancie! I guess brainchild is a bit dramatic, huh? I’ll change it next time. lol

  • David
    Posted at 19:48h, 05 May Reply

    How did you manage to get the main room of Chenonceaux all for yourself? 🙂

    After all, it’s only the second most visited castle in France.

    • Renee
      Posted at 20:24h, 05 May Reply

      Our group was small, I believe one group was leaving as we arrived and I managed to get to the ballroom before anyone else. It was also in March….so that may have increased our good fortune. Thanks for the correct spelling too.

      • David
        Posted at 04:59h, 07 May Reply

        March could explain this indeed.
        Yet I’m still surprised. You got lucky I guess. 🙂

        • Renee
          Posted at 10:02h, 07 May Reply

          I swear to you….I’m not kidding! Did you read my Romantic Castles article? We really didn’t have that many people in our party.

  • jade
    Posted at 01:00h, 06 May Reply

    Agree with Grace- it’s an optical illusion!

    • Renee
      Posted at 10:04h, 07 May Reply


  • Muza-chan
    Posted at 02:14h, 06 May Reply

    Beautiful photo 🙂

    • Renee
      Posted at 10:03h, 07 May Reply


  • Cathy Sweeney
    Posted at 00:52h, 07 May Reply

    Tours is such a great place to “tour”! (I couldn’t help it either.) This is a very cool photo. Love all the shapes and angles. Grace was right about it being kind of trippy when you look at the floor and ceiling at the same time. Made me feel a little woozy.

    • Renee
      Posted at 10:03h, 07 May Reply

      See….it’s infectious! I agree with Grace too.

  • robin
    Posted at 07:44h, 07 May Reply

    Looks right up my street – would love to see it someday and I suppose I’m not too far away…

    • Renee
      Posted at 10:01h, 07 May Reply

      You should do the entire tour, Robin….we got to visit Leonardo DaVinci’s summer house too. Lots of great photo opps…..

  • Billye Survis
    Posted at 08:35h, 09 May Reply

    Beautiful, beautiful pictures! Reminds me of my trips to Europe.

    • Renee
      Posted at 08:47h, 09 May Reply

      Thanks, Billye!

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