Chateaux – Cheverny

This is the first post using a new MacBookPro.  It has taken several days to get all the photos and editing software installed and set up the way I like it.  Today we have had heavy rain which is badly needed here in California.  The rain reminded me of our recent time in the Loire Valley where it rained every day.  One of the wettest was when we toured Cheverny.  The chateau is still owned by descendents of the original builders, the Hurault family and is beautifully maintained.

Loire Valley
Loire Valley

Leonardo’s Gun

Leonardo’s da Vinci moved to Le Chateau du Clos Luce which is in Amboise, France.  On the grounds are replicas of many of his inventions.  I wasn’t aware that he designed a machine gun but he did and here it is.

Le Chateau du Clos Luce. France
Le Chateau du Clos Luce. France

Sunflowers

In the Loire Valley we saw several fields of sunflowers as we were driving around.  After ignoring them for a couple days we had a stormy afternoon with heavy rain that provided a background to highlight them well enough.

Loire Valley
Loire Valley

Battlement

The Chateau De la Barre has been in the Vanssay family since the 1400’s and was our home base while touring the Loire Valley.  One of the remaining battlements that still exists on the property is shown here about to catch the morning light.

Chateau De la Barre, France
Chateau De la Barre, France