Museums and Châteaux

The fairy tale Chateau du Rivau Loire Valley

Written by on February 13, 2018 in Centre, Museums and Châteaux
The fairy tale Chateau du Rivau Loire Valley

This is a love story. It’s the tale of a couple who fell in love with an abandoned chateau. They bought it and have spent the last two decades lovingly restoring it and creating the most magical gardens. Falling in love with a neglected but exquisite Chateau Normally these stories are about expats who can’t […]

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The gorgeous gardens of the Chateau of Chenonceau, Loire Valley

Written by on February 4, 2018 in Centre, Museums and Châteaux
The gorgeous gardens of the Chateau of Chenonceau, Loire Valley

The Chateau of Chenonceau is famous for its floral displays. Every room is exquisitely decorated with scented, utterly stunning bouquets made by a master florist in the Chateau’s floral workshop. Of course, all those flowers and fruits used in the spectacular displays have to be grown. Largely the flowers come from the stunning gardens of […]

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Why is the Mona Lisa so famous?

Written by on January 29, 2018 in Art and Artists, Museums and Châteaux
Why is the Mona Lisa so famous?

The Mona Lisa, known as La Joconde in France, has one of the most famous faces the world has ever known despite being more than 500 years old. Her likeness hangs in the Louvre Museum in Paris and each year millions queue to see her face behind its thick bullet proof glass. Many wonder what […]

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The Chateau de Chenonceau – the Castle of Flowers in the Loire Valley

Written by on January 9, 2018 in Centre, Museums and Châteaux
The Chateau de Chenonceau – the Castle of Flowers in the Loire Valley

Everyone who visits the Chateau de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley comes away with a memory of the exquisite gardens, the impossibly romantic white stone castle over a river with its pointy towers and arched bridge – and especially of the flower displays in every room… Jean-François Bouchet is the florist extraordinaire who creates and […]

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The incredible Chateau de Chambord Loire Valley France

Written by on January 8, 2018 in Centre, Museums and Châteaux
The incredible Chateau de Chambord Loire Valley France

The Chateaux in the Loire were created to be second homes and visual symbols of power and wealth. Those who owned chateaux didn’t usually live in them permanently, there are some exceptions, but on the whole, owners visited them rarely, taking their possessions with them. Unlike today when owners furnish their holiday homes, in the […]

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Chateau du Clos Lucé the home of Leonardo da Vinci in France

Written by on December 31, 2017 in Centre, Museums and Châteaux
Chateau du Clos Lucé the home of Leonardo da Vinci in France

Amboise in the Loire is dominated by a grand chateau. The turrets of Amboise castle reach high into the sky and its windows give impressive views over the ancient town. A few minutes’ walk away is a much smaller chateau, far less grand. It was the home of an artist who changed the world with […]

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Visit to the Matisse Museum in Nice

Written by on December 29, 2017 in Museums and Châteaux, Provence-Alpes
Visit to the Matisse Museum in Nice

The museum of Matisse is a short journey from centre of Nice and has a superb collection of  works by the great French artist Henri Matisse. The Museum of Nice near Cimiez Located in a fully renovated Genoese villa set in the olive grove in the Cimiez Gardens, where there are Roman ruins. The collection […]

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The enchanting Chateau de Brissac, Loire Valley

Written by on November 28, 2017 in Centre, Museums and Châteaux
The enchanting Chateau de Brissac, Loire Valley

The Chateau de Brissac is a privately owned home that had been in the same family since 1502 – May 26th to be precise! It was bought by a French lord by the name of Brissac and it’s lived in today by his descendants. This chateau, the tallest in France, is set in gorgeous grounds […]

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Six of the most beautiful Museums in Paris

Written by on October 25, 2017 in Museums and Châteaux
Six of the most beautiful Museums in Paris

Paris is teeming with historic, exquisite and gilded buildings galore. The Louvre and the Eiffel Tower are the most visited museum and monument in the world. When it comes to culture, Paris offers a backdrop like no other city and has so much to offer culture vultures. Here are six of the most gorgeous museums […]

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Chateau Du Rivau Loire Valley: pumpkins, roses and fairy-tales

Written by on October 24, 2017 in Museums and Châteaux
Chateau Du Rivau Loire Valley: pumpkins, roses and fairy-tales

Over twenty years ago I visited the Chateau du Rivau. In its first stages of renovation by owner Patricia Laigneau, a Versailles trained garden designer with a passion to restore the chateau to its former ancient glory. The chateau remained in my memory as an enchanting place. Reminiscent of fairy tale castles, the gardens were […]

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