September 1st–13th, 2011

  • Owned by four generations of the same family from Spain
    • Medieval setting
        • A nest for insects and small animals
        • Notre Dame Cathedral—Vendôme
            • Medieval stained glass window with a modern surround done in 1960s.
                    • Château de Blois
                      • The Porcupine crest of the Louis XII
                      • Great meeting hall
                        • The Salamander emblem of Francis I.
                              • Bust of Francois I
                              • 19th century depiction of a joust.
                              • Jousting was pretty serious business!
                                • Mid 19th century reproduction of the Royal Bedchamber.
                                  • Women saints in the Chapel
                                    • We leave the Château
                                    • Overlooking Medieval Blois
                                      • Château de Chambord, a hunting lodge, and the largest château in the Loire Valley.
                                        • These were all just decorations.
                                        • The central staircase. Fireplaces were everywhere and apparently not very effective.
                                        • The top of the staircase.
                                          • King François I, the builder of the château. He only spent 75 days there.
                                          • King’s bedroom.
                                          • Trophies of the hunt.
                                          • The grounds go as far as the eye can see.
                                          • Château Beauregard
                                          • 327 portraits of kings, queens, princes, popes, cardinals, great captains and writers, scholars, and others of the 14th and 15th centuries.
                                          • Back in Blois
                                              • Château de Cheverny, prettier from the back.