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Chateau de Chenonceau

Photographs from a trip to Chenonceau during the autumn,
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The initial of Henry II and Catherine de Medici. The chateau was home to Henry's mistress, Diane de Poitiers, until his death when Catherine made her leave for Chaumont.

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Copper molds and pans in the kitchens at Chenonceau. There was also a bakery area and a butchery room. The kitchens are at the base of the castle. From the windows you can see where provision laden barges were moored.

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The main gallery at Chenonceau was built by Catherine de Medici, who hosted parties here including one for the coronation of her son. The first fireworks display in France was held at Chenonceau to commemorate the ascension of Francois I.

The grounds of Chenonceau were a carpet of burnt ochre and copper. It was a beautiful day to stroll through the woods and gardens.

A view of Chenonceau from the garden of Diane de Poitiers. While she lived there, she had a beautiful formal garden laid out. The chateau crosses the river Cher. For many years it was the only crossing over the river, which was an important factor in its preservation.

A painting of the chateau de Chenonceau that hangs in the castle is evocative of how the castle looked in earlier times.

The vegetable garden at Chenonceau is a great place for children to see fruit and vegetables growing.

The chateau de chenonceau looked beautiful in the autumn sun. The pristine gardens are a perfect setting for the turreted castle.

One of the best preserved Norman fireplaces in France can be seen at Chenonceau. It is in a fantastic condition and beautifully intricate.

A view of Chenonceau from Catherine de Medici's garden. When Catherine took over the castle she had a rose garden laid to compete with the garden laid by her husband's mistress, and former occupant, Diane.