This day kind of felt like a dream. We arrived to the Château de Chenonceau quite late in the afternoon, which was actually perfect, because by this time, there wasn’t that long until the castle closed. The sun was setting, and we were almost the last people left on the grounds. Twirling in front of the castle and running up the steps with no one else around? It’s a moment that I will never forget.
Chenonceau was high on my list of châteaux to visit in the Loire Valley, because I had fallen in love with the château and it’s surrounding estate on my first visit in 2015. There’s just something about this château that calls to me – the château itself, the gardens to get lost in, the history of the estate – it’s somewhere that you can really lose yourself in time. I highly recommend getting the audio guide for the château, as the estate is incredibly rich in history, and there are so many little details that you wouldn’t notice unless they were pointed out to you. In case you hadn’t noticed, I love history (particularly when related to castles!), and I think it’s important when visiting monuments to learn about the history behind them – otherwise it’s just another building. I know some audio guides can be ridiculously boring, but the one at Chenonceau is great – there’s enough information to keep you informed without overwhelming you, and it’s really entertaining – there have been so many characters that have occupied the castle! Some of my favourites are Catherine de Medici, Diane de Poitiers and Louise Dupin – I am all for female figures kicking butt in history, plus, I love Reign (if you haven’t watched it, you need to, like, yesterday), and Catherine was basically the ultimate Queen (she was pretty much running France, first through her husband and then through her kids, in a time where women really had no rights).
Well, this marks the end of my photos from Europe. In a way it’s sad, because this trip is what really started this blog, but I couldn’t think of a more perfect set of images to end the trip on. Running around castles pretending I’m a princess? It’s kind of what I love to do. Plus, I’m excited, because now I have some photos to share with you from my recent trip to Malaysia, not to mention some big news to share soon – you may have been confused by my vague ramblings about a crazy, life changing decision in last week’s post, but things are now officially set in stone! It seems fitting, because Chenonceau is the kind of place where anything is possible, you can imagine all of your dreams coming true. And mine are beginning to. So work hard, and dream big, princess – because you never know what is just around the corner.