So today, as part of our French culture experience, the University loaded us on buses and drove us to the Loire Valley, which is famous for all these châteaux that kings and other rich, important people used to live in. The Loire Valley is about 3 hours outside of Paris, according to how long it took to get there via bus.
On the way there, I spent about equal amounts of time sleeping and staring out the window. It’s funny how much French countryside looks like Maryland countryside. I guess farms look pretty much the same everywhere, especially when the fields are in fallow.
So there was the picture of the Château Chambord up there, and here’s a cool picture taken from the terrace. External spiral staircases were big when the château was being constructed, probably so everyone in the courtyard could see when anyone important was ascending/descending. I kept wondering about assassination attempts.
Like, if you had a gun and you just stood there in the courtyard and waited for the governor to come along?
Here are some rooms in the château. It was surprising to see how many of the rooms were completely bare. It looked like they had lost their insides during some point in history and only a few of the rooms had been restored. It was also cold as a polar bear’s bitchslap in there. The top picture above was a writing/study room for the lord of the house, and the bedroom below it was for the lady, who was apparently a good friend of Marie Antoinette’s.
And these two are of the same room, again. I really liked the chairs and matching chair/sofa duo up in the first pic.
I would have taken more pictures of Chambord, except as we were taking our tour there was a fire drill and we had to be evacuated, so we spent the next half hour of the tour on the lawn outside, where I didn’t take pictures.
I did, however, buy a cookbook of Loire Valley recipes, which I’m pretty excited about. I wanted to get something that talked about historical meals and how they changed through time. There were books like that, but they were all in French (a little too advanced for me, I think), and also more expensive.
This trip also included a lunch and another stop at Château Blois, so stay tuned for those posts (especially the pictures of the delicious delicious food).