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We’re still in France this morning, but not in Paris.
The Loire Valley is famous for its beautiful and well-preserved chateaux, and for the formal gardens that are within the grounds of many. Auntie Anne takes us on a tour of one of these, where she actually got to stay for a couple of nights, and includes a sighting of the chateau chat (or chatte, perhaps).
When we were planning our trip to France, I kept coming back to an expensive tour because one of its highlights was spending two nights in an actual chateau – the Chateau de Rochecotte. I kept telling my friend, Polly, that I couldn’t miss staying in a “real chateau.” It was almost half again as much as a cheaper tour, but I got to stay in a chateau. It was worth every penny!
Chateau de Rochecotte is a late 18th-century château, owned by among others, the Duchess of Dino, who was married to Talleyrand’s nephew. The grounds are beautiful.
I didn’t take this picture – I added it to give everyone an idea of what the chateau looks like.
Part of the formal gardens
This is a morning view of the countryside sloping down to the Loire (beyond the trees), from the gardens of the chateau.
On the front steps – an early morning shot of the true owner of the chateau