#3: Loire Valley and Paris

One cannot get enough chateaux in the Loire Valley. I keep going back because these “homes” are magnificent and I have been lucky enough to have stayed in two of them (not in the two above or the two to the right)

Historic Chateaux

When in the Loire, be sure to visit these historic chateaux:

  • Chateau de Chenonceaux

    Chateau de Chenonceaux, France.
    Chateau de Chenonceaux, France. Photo: J. Chung
  • Chateau Azay-le-Rideau

    Azay le Rideau, France.
    Azay le Rideau, France. Photo: J. Chung
  • Chateau de Chambord

    Chateau du Chambord , France.
    Chateau du Chambord , France. Photo: J. Chung
  • Chateau d’Usse (of Sleeping Beauty fame)

    Chateau d'Usse, France.
    Chateau d’Usse, France. Photo: J. Chung
  • Chateau de Chinon
  • Chateau de Villandry
  • Chateau Cheverny
  • Chateau d’Amboise
  • Chateau Chaumont-sur-Loire
  • Chateau Blois

After visiting Switzerland for a few days, I headed to

  • Beaune in the Burgundy region to drink some wine (Marche aux Vins)
  • Fontainbleau and Vaux-le-Vicomte near Paris to see the respective chateaux. The gardens at Fontainbleau were beautiful, just like those in Versailles.

    Chateau de Fontainbleau, France.
    Chateau de Fontainbleau, France. Photo: J. Chung
Chateau de Fontainbleau, France.
Chateau de Fontainbleau, France. Photo: J. Chung

Even Better Is Staying In A Chateau

Check out this post about 4 chateaux I stayed in:   Staying The Night In A Real French Château

Château d’Artigny

Chateau d'Artigny, France.
Chateau d’Artigny, France. Photo: J. Chung

I finally returned to Paris for 4 nights and each day walked a minimum of 5 hours and visited:

  • Georges Pompidou Centre—looking at modern art
  • Eiffel Tower- watched a film on the history of the tower
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Fauchon-to look at the fine foods
  • Galeries Lafayette–view from outside the cafeteria is spectacular
  • Sacre Coeur-I still haven’t taken a liking to this area
  • Luxembourg Gardens-there was a band playing Aaron Copland’s tune, “Fanfare For A Common Man”
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