Château de Chenonceau
Seen from ground level the grand labyrinth shows only a tight hedge of yews. If you are able to navigate the maze to the center you will be rewarded with the view from a heightened gazebo of the entire layout. The design for this formal garden was created by Catherine de Médicis in the 16th century.
Chenonceau is also known as the Château de Femmes for the succession of six powerful French knoblewomen, each of whom had an impact on the chateau over the period of four centuries. The four caryatids seen in the background were added to the chateau by Catherine de Médicis and more recently added to "her" maze.
Château de Chenonceau has nearly one million visitors every year, and with the exception of the Palace of Versailles, is the most visited castle in France.
Château de Chenonceau
(one hour by train from Paris - day trip)
That's fantastic! I'd love to visit there! Your great capture is the next best thing! Hope your week is off to a good start, Genie! Enjoy!
Un beau point de vue...
J'adore ce chateau.
What a photographer's heaven to go there. Thanks for setting the mood for a dreamy day...LOL
Oh, to stroll to the center of the maze and sit down among the columns to read a good book while enjoying the beauty of nature and this beautiful castle ... Alas, I have to go to work :(
Very interesting history! I've always wanted to stroll a labyrinth like that!
We too visited, but didn't take time for the gardens. Perhaps another trip . . .
Oh, to be navigating Catherine's labyrinth right now! Love the way you framed this, Genie.
I have been to Chenonceau twice but I am embarrassed to say that I don't remember the maze.
I can't believe how green it is there.
It would be easy to miss this labyrinth as the grounds are spectacular. There are five or six separate gardens, each with a story and a purpose. There is a bouquet garden which provides many of the fresh flowers found throughout the castle, giving it a very lived-in feeling. As I remember the arrangements are unique and tailored to the rooms.
As M said, I would love to just linger in the maze and enjoy the sights.
I believe that one of the gardens (Catherine's or Diane's?) is a formal garden that can be seen from the windows of the chateau.
Loved reading your comments.
oooh .. adding it to the list of places outside Paris i would like to visit
How beautiful and green that is. I love formal French gardens.
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