Bright and early on the following chilly morning, we arrived at our second Loire Valley castle – the Château de Chenonceau. This is one of the most photographed castles in the Loire, due to its unique construction over the River Cher.
I was excited to photograph the castle reflected in the river but there was one slight flaw in my plan. The castle was under construction. It’s the bane of the travel photographer’s existence but it’s also a necessary evil. So I did what I could to compose around the staging and I’m happy with the results… It would have been nice to get the whole chateau but it gives me a great excuse to go back.
Chenonceau was as beautiful inside as out and the gardens, although not as extensive as those at Villandry, were still blooming and lovely. Wiki has a great description of the history of the castle if you are interested.
As always, when we visit, we had fabulous food. We visited Pau and had a trip to the market and we were fortunate enough to eat at Chez Ruffet again. In addition, I was invited to photograph one more aspect of the wine making process at Domaine Nigri. It has been fascinating for me to watch and photograph this process from beginning to end over the past year. Of course we all got to sample a bit of the wine at several stages of the process and Mom and Dad couldn’t help but take a few bottles back to Canada.
All in all, our stay at La Benjamine was what it always is – relaxing and full of great food, wine and company.
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