Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Dream Châteaux

One of the trips I've always wanted to take is to the Loire Valley in France. If you've never heard of it it, it's a region in central France known for its wine, fruits, vegetables and magnificent castle and palatial residences, being the Châteaux de Chambord one of the most famous.

The building is an imposing structure in the style of French Renaissance architecture and thousgh it was never completed, it is the largest in the Loire Valley. It was built as the hunting residence of King François I, it is surrounded by a pleasure garden and a hunting park which have made it a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The châteaux didn't get much use from the time it was built in the mid 1500's, until Louis XIV took a special interest in it and made it more habitable by furnishing the royal apartments. Unfortunately, the châteaux was abandoned by later kings and passed through many owners until it became property of the French state in 1930.

Chambord counts with 426rooms, 77 staircases, 282 fireplaces, and 800 sculpted capitels. It is arranged in a symmetrical forms and it's shaped to resemble a castle in its plan. The rooms are large and self contained, typical of the architecture of the time, but had the problem that were difficult to heat and for that reason no one actually ever lived there.

I don't know about you, but I think a trip to visit the widely popular châteaux would be dreamy, along with a boat ride and a walk around the garden.

Have a lovely day!