Chateau Chenoceau

The next morning, we set out in the rain again to see the 3rd most visited chateau in France after Versailles and Fontainebleau.  This chateau is so unique because it spans across a river.  Chateau Chenoceau was given by King Henry II to his mistress.  Upon his death his wife Catherine de Medici (of the famous Florentine family) took it back from her.

The beautiful hall that spans the river.

The whole time we were down in the kitchen and the servants’ quarters, I would hear a bunch of foreign mumblings then a “Mr. Bates” or “Mrs. Patmore” dropped every once in a while.  I guess they were all thinking what I was thinking, that it reminded me of Downton Abbey!  If you haven’t watched the show yet, you need to start…so good.

Our girl was such a good little baby, she slept the whole time we were touring the chateau.  It was a bummer that the weather wasn’t cooperating.  There are some really beautiful pictures of this chateau online, but unfortunately our pictures have the brown muddy looking river instead of the gorgeous blue river.  Oh well, can’t win ’em all.  We had time for one more chateau to visit, so it was back in the car and on the road again for us!