Chenonceaux Chateau in the Loire Valley
One of our best days in France began with a pain au chocolat and a café au lait in the lovely town of Chenonceaux just a five minute walk to the Château Chenonceau. One thing I admire in France is the incorporation of every day modern life into such historic structures including the flower arrangements from the gardens and fresh produce served in the Orangerie dining room. We strolled the alleyway towards the most beautiful chateau I’ve seen on the river Cher through gardens of incredible geometry and overflowing with roses. I loved the tapestries and furniture and the ancient guard tower and being able to rent a rowboat to check out the château from the water including the steps leading up from the river where they would deliver food for the kitchens.
The Orangerie at Chenonceau
The fine restaurant at Chenonceau typifies the elegant French style of understated but exquisite surroundings highlighted by fresh florals and immaculate food presentation.
Local ingredients and seasonal fare are tradition here and date back to the Renaissance when the chateau held fabulous parties hosted by Queen Catherine (de’ Medici).