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.
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.
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 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.