The chateau has become synonymous with the
Loire from the time it was embraced by French Royalty as
a safe haven and then as a rich cultural playground. What they and their
noble followers created is here for us all to see today, preserved in a way
perhaps only the French can -- even to the extent of rebuilding, such as the
fortress at Chinon.
The Loire Valley castles are as diverse as they are numerous (over 300), from Chenonceau spanning the river Cher, Chambord with its outrageous and unnecessary scale,Azay-le Rideau seemingly floating on the river Indre, Amboise with its Leonardo de Vinci connection plus many with beautiful gardens such as at Villandry and Chaumont-sur-Loire and a few, like Le GrandPressigny housing museums - definitely something for everyone!Their influence and the areas natural beauty made UNESCO designate a large stretch of the river
Here is a video to give you a taste of what to expect - hope to see you here during 2013.