Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Not-So-Wordless Wednesday

Château de Chambord, Loir-et-Cher Department, France


This is château de Chambord with its reflection on the moat in the early evening. It is reputedly one of the famous castles, if not the most famous, in France. Chambord castle and its park is located around 30 km from our place, thus we have visited the place several times (picture was taken last week). But each time, I cannot help but marvel at its elaborate design, its grandeur, its beauty. It took around 25 years to complete the château. But I guess François I found it worth the wait, in the same way many tourists have felt upon laying eyes on this marvelous work of architecture and engineering.

I’ll write more about Chambord (including more photos) in the coming days. I know I already said the same thing about other castles I posted here. But sometimes, when faced with such beautiful and history-filled structures, it’s difficult to find where to start describing them. All I can do is feast my eyes on them and marvel at the hands and minds of men and women who created and turned them into fascinating reminders of the past.

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21 comments:

Ryanne said...

That is a wonderful picture. It makes me long to go there and see it first hand. I think you captured it's grandeur magnificently. thanks for sharing it.

CK-II said...

That's one nice mansion. Have a great WW! :)

Blue Sunrise Photography said...

What a beautiful castle and scene.

jams o donnell said...

Wow that is a beautiful chateau. Happy WW

Indrani said...

A magnificent monument!
Certain places do leaves us wordless.

June said...

Looks like something out of a fairy tale! Beautiful shot...and I'm so glad you decided to speak since the background info on it was very interesting. Thanks for stopping by Spatter...

The Fitness Diva said...

What a gorgeous, reflecting image.
Beautiful, yet somewhat dark and foreboding....

Katarina i Kullavik said...

No wonder it took 25 years to complete..it's really beautiful!
/Katarina

SandyCarlson said...

I marvel at the quality of the work, the imagination, and the perseverance. What a different attitude toward time compared to ours now!

Will said...

Wow! All I can think is: "What must the maintenance costs run?"

Happy WW!

Selerines said...

No words to express its beauty.... Really superb.... Nice work my friend..

jientje said...

This is indeed a great chateau, we visited it a couple of years ago too!
That waterfall looks very refreshing to me! It was a hot day today in belgium, I think I could do with a shower!

tigerfish said...

I've always dream of visiting the chateau in France. Hope my dream turn real one day.

Napaboaniya said...

25 years it took for completion is indeed worth the wait for such beautiful architecture :)

Kimberly said...

How did you get a photo of my house? (I wish)

Great shot, as always! Looking forward to what you post next week.

Happy WW!

Gattina said...

I have visited it, very impressive ! My summerschool is finished since two weeks I am now for a week in England at the coast with friends !

WillThink4Wine said...

I can't even imagine living in such a huge place!

Lalaine said...

wow!! it's truly magnificent..I wonder how it is to live there,,,

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thanks for the birthday greetings, Lareine.. how your doing? hope you're doing well..

btw, if you don't mind, i hope you could change my URL in your links into www.lalainesworld.com .I got my own domain now.. thanks!

Davidlind said...

Amazing place. Looks like you could shelter a medium sized village in there.

lareine said...

thanks everybody... the place is really magical... it's reputedly one of the finest castles here and the most visited, i think...

to davidlind: the castle has around 440 rooms spread in around 20,000 square meters, so yep, it can house a medium-sized village :)...

to will: i guess the maintenance is quite high because entrance fee to visit the inside of the castle is a little bit steep :)...

to lalaine: i'm doing fine, thanks for asking... and i've already changed the address :)...

to tigerfish: i hope you'll be able to come here one day... and maybe we can have tea or coffee while talking about itineraries and must-see places :)

lisaschaos said...

That is a beautiful castle! Someday maybe I'll make to France but until then, thanks for sharing your trip. :)

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