As promised, we’re back to complete the castle-hopping adventures in the gorgeous Loire Valley. Make sure to see part I here for Chateau Chenonceau.
1:30pm: Château Cheverny
After a very homey and country style meal in the town, our driver took us to the second castle of the day, Chateau Cheverny. By this point, I was wondering where the tourists are, not that I miss them, it just almost seemed too good to be true to be standing in front of this magnificent structure in a small group of 6 with no swarms of people in sight… This castle was one of the smaller ones, and the owners still reside in the top floors. Not too shabby for a summer cottage at all…
3:00pm: Château Chambord
The sun finally decided to come out when we arrived at the final stop. The magnificent Chambord represents the epitome of French Renaissance architecture and is almost overwhelmingly spacious. The double spiral staircase by Leonardo Da Vinci was highlighted for its brilliantly secretive and elegant design. It’s claimed that four people could cross paths but never meet. Can confirm, as we tested it… It would make an excellent venue for those old school TV shows where slow motion shows the male and female leads passing by each other by some great coincidence yet never meets.
6:30pm: Back at Louvre
It’s almost a wrap, but Paris’s sunset happens around 9:30pm in June, so what choice do we have but to linger around Louvre and the river bank?! A tip: the courtyard of Louvre gets quite sparse with tourists in the evening as the museum closes, quite a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a (somewhat) quiet sunset.
Photos by EricCheng Photography and Delicate.affairs