The Romantic Chenonceau built on the River Cher
It's also known as the Chateau de les Femmes for the strong feminine impression made by the many women inhabitants/owners.
|Catherine Briconnet, Diane de Poitiers, Catherine de Medici, Louise de Lorraine, Madame Dupin, Madame Pelouze|
J'Adore the door!
|Bedroom of the Queen ~~ J'Adore the Bed!|
Chapel of Chenonceau
The private chapel was saved during the French Revolution by Madame Dupin who camouflaged its religious purpose by turning it into a wood storage area. In this photo, there are two beautiful bouquets of lavender sweet peas.
Amazing hydrangeas! All of the flowers are grown in the gardens on the property and the welcoming bouquets in every room are changed twice a week.
Poem from Henry to DianeOnce more a prince (oh, my only princess!)
My love for you will never cease
Resisting time and death
My faith has no need of a fortress,
A deep moat or fortified tower,
For you are my lady, queen and mistress
For whom my love will be eternal...
...Alas my Lord, how much I rue
The time I lost in my youth;
How often have I wished
To have Diane as my only love;
But I feared that such a goddess
Would not deign to stoop so low
To take notice of one, who
When denied her love,
Had no pleasure, joy, or happiness
Until the day she granted him leave
To Obey her commands.
And just a little side story. I found these wonderful earrings by Claire Pearse on Etsy. They were entitled Chenonceau.
The following is Claire's description: "Ah, the fairytale Chateaux, the beautiful French Renaissance ladies dressed for the opulent masquerade ball...So incredibly romantic, dramatic and desirable. These "Chenonceau" earrings are filled with an enchantingly beautiful collection of exquisite gems ~ sumptious and intense violet, golden champagne, peach and soft shades of lavender and lilac. These magical gems sway upon tumbling tendrils of Imperial Topaz and Pink Amethyst, etc., etc.