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

Sainte Marie Du Mont

Sainte Marie Du Mont, as depicted in the television series Band of Brothers, was the first village to be liberated in Normandy during the D-Day invasion in 1944.  The Germans used this church steeple for an observation post on D Day but they were removed by well placed US artillery. The steeple was repaired in 1946.  Sainte Marie Du Mont Church

La Cambe German Cemetery

Most everyone is aware of the US cemetery in Normandy but I suspect many may not be aware there is a German Cemetery as well. In total there are 21,222 German soldiers commemorated here, of which 207 unknown and 89 identified are buried in a kamaradengraben (mass grave) that you see in the center of the photo under the monument. I will post photos of the American Cemetery soon and you will see the contrast in style and color.

Normandy
Normandy

 

La Fiere Bridge

The La Fiere bridge, with the Merderet River running under it, was a very popular place in the first days after D Day with both the US 82nd Airborne and German Army wanting it. The strategic value was it protected the western entrance to Sainte-Mère-Église and blocked the Germans from counter attacking the beaches and the port of Cherbourg.

Sainte-Mère-Église
Sainte-Mère-Église