Dil Roberts Photography
CATEGORIES


ARCHIVE




Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Loire Valley, France - Day 12


innovaeditor/assets/Blog/Loire/07.9/OD070261f_r.jpg

 

Chateau Villandry is worth the visit for the gardens alone (as seen in the images below). Most of the Loire Valley chateaus are in quite good condition. Of course some restoration work has had to be done over time, but still, it's easy to see where original stone still exists today. The cost of keeping these buildings in tip-top condition costs a fortune, hence the high entry fee we all have to pay.

 

Villandry

 

Villandry

 

 


Panasonic TZ101

Villandry

 

 

Villandry

 

 

Villandry

 

 

Villandry

 

 

 

Olympus E-M1 - Olympus 12-100 f4 Pro

Villandry

 

 

Villandry

 

 

Villandry 

 

 

Villandry

 

 

Villandry

 

 

Villandry

 

 

Villandry

 

 

Villandry

 

 

Villandry 

 

 

Villandry

 

 

Villandry

 

 

Villandry

 

 

Villandry

 

 

Villandry

 

 

Villandry

 

 

Villandry

As we were coming out a stream of old timers drove up and parked in the forecourt. Lovely cars.

 

 

Villandry

 

 

 

Olympus E-M5 II - Panasonic 7-14 f4

Villandry

 

 

Villandry

 

 

Villandry

Some aof the furniture and paintings are so valuable, they are kept behind glass, like in this image above.

 

 

Villandry

 

 

Villandry

 

 

Villandry

 

 

Villandry

 

 

Villandry

 

 

Villandry

 

 

Villandry

 

 

Villandry

 

 

Villandry

 

 

Villandry

 

 

Villandry

 

 

Villandry

 

 

Villandry

 

 

Villandry 

 

 

Villandry

 

 

Villandry

 

 

Villandry

 

 

Next on our list was Chateau d'Usse. This is called the Cinderella Castle as the book is based on this chateau. This one is not quite up to the standard of Chateau Villandry but it did suffer during the French Revolution. It has quite a few points of interest such as the caves where the stone was quarried to build the chateau. Stone is still quarried here for restoration work which is ongoing. It also has some small but pretty gardens. Well worth the visit.

 

 

d'Usse

 

d'Usse

 

 

 


Olympus E-M1 - Olympus 12-100 f4 Pro

d'Usse

 

 

d'Usse

There is even a church on the grounds. You can tell that the chateau suffered during the French Revolution. Churches were not welcome.

 

 

d'Usse

The old stable buildings were converted into a carriage museum.

 

 

d'Usse

 

 

d'Usse

 

 

d'Usse

 

 

d'Usse

 

 

d'Usse

 

 

d'Usse

 

 

Olympus E-M5 II - Panasonic 7-14 f4

d'Usse

 

 

d'Usse

 

 

d'Usse

 

 

d'Usse

 

 

d'Usse

 

 

d'Usse

 

 

d'Usse

Wonderful craftsmanship.

 

d'Usse

 

 

d'Usse

 

 

d'Usse

 

 

d'Usse

 

 

d'Usse

The old timers followed us from Villandry to d'Usse.

 

 

d'Usse

 

 

As we still had some time to spare we drove to one of France's "Beautiful French Villages", namely Candes-St-Martin. It lies on the north bank of the Loire River and what is more important, this is the confluence of the Loire and Vienne rivers. It was quite a large port in earlier times. What I have noticed during our trip to the Loire Valley is it doesn't matter how large or small a town or village is, you will always find an enormous church or two in every one of them. I really don't know who fills them on Sundays these days. A must do here are the walks along the Loire and Vienne rivers. An absolute joy. Very beautiful and extremely peaceful.

 

 

Candes St. Martin

As you can see on the above map, Candes St Martin is not all that big.

 

Candes St. Martin

Very small village that has an enormous church in the town center. However, the location is very nice indeed situated at the confluence of the rivers Vienne and Loire. The Loire continues on its way to the Atlantic Ocean.

 



Olympus E-M1 - Olympus 12-100 f4 Pro

Candes St. Martin

 

 

Candes St. Martin

And this is St. Martin. For those who don't know who he was (I must admit I didn't either), he lived in the 4th Century A.D. One stormy, cold night he came upon a begger who begged for food. St. Martin didn't have any to share so he tore his cloak in half and gave it to the beggar to keep warm. And that depicted in the image above.

 

 

Candes St. Martin

The confluence.

 

 

Candes St. Martin

 

 

Candes St. Martin

 

 

Candes St. Martin

 

 

Candes St. Martin

 

 

Candes St. Martin

Enjoying an evening boat ride.

 

 


posted by on  under General

 64


your name*

email address

comments*
You may use these HTML tags:<p> <u> <i> <b> <strong> <del> <code> <hr> <em> <ul> <li> <ol> <span> <div> <a> <img>

verification code*
 




ABOUT

I'm an enthusiastic photographer who likes to tinker with manual lenses on most camera formats.

RECENT ENTRIES

-Friday, June 22, 2018
-Friday, June 15, 2018
-Friday, June 1, 2018
-Wednesday, May 16, 2018
-Tuesday, May 1, 2018

RECENT COMMENTS