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Chateau de Chenonceau

French refinement

To the east of Tours and 2 ½ hours from Paris is the celebrated Chateau of Chenonceau with its splendid collection, its history and its exceptional architecture.

What defines this Chateau is that it is not known for the sovereigns who built it or those who lived there, as it is everywhere else on French soil, but rather for its ladies. Built for Katherine Briçonnet, embellished by Diana of Poitiers and then by Catherine de Medicis, it was later saved and protected by Madame Dupin. This feminine presence is felt in the all its nooks and crannies. From the exterior architecture to its interior decoration, Chenonceau is a show of refinement. Throughout its long history this emblematic chateau has always attracted great talent.

Today visitors and artists make this jewel of a chateau of the Loire Valley the historic site the most visited after Versailles. Its charm comes from its beautiful stone, its river, and its gardens which are still as manicured as they have always been. The refinement of the Chateau is evident in its avenues of trees, its flower-picking garden (which continues to provide flowers for the chateau), the Italian labyrinth as well as the gardens of Catherine de Medicis and of Diana of Poitiers.

The Chateau has tearooms, restaurants and boat rides so that one to take full advantage of the enchanting surroundings.

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