I think I told you how much I enjoy history. We always make a point of going to historical places (well, truly, everything in Europe is historical, to tell you the truth)... this time we went to a chateau in Châteauneuf, which we reached by driving through the tiniest villages and roads -- many roads barely had room for one car! This chateau dates in parts from the 11th Century, although parts of it were added on ("newer additions"!!).
No chateau can be complete without a moat, bien sûr! This one is now grassed-in, of course!
Look at construction of one of their towers! This was where the guards watched out over the countryside to look for approaching enemies. There were still remnants of the armaments, too.
In this particular chateau, there was one room decorated with the most wonderful toile. I have rarely seen a toile I didn't love. This one was on the walls, curtain around the bed and the chair seat!
I also have a love of tapestries and they are frequently seen in France. It's amazing to me to imagine the amount of hours that would have been required to complete these. I have done some needlepoint in years past and know that to fill every square inch with the stitches is very labor-intensive. This first one was in the chateau.
We saw this one in a church in a very small town we visited to go to a farmer's market (another favorite thing to do in Europe).
This one was in a winery we stopped at to taste some wine (the area where we are in France is primarily known for its wines).
I feel a little bit bad not showing anything quilt related so I'll share some absolutely gorgeous colors I saw on the buildings in this town where the chateau was found. Of course we are in France when the seasons are changing and the leaves are turning colors. I'm not sure you can see all the shades of red in the second picture but as I looked at it (it was just across from the little cafe where we had lunch), I was imagining sewing with those different shades. I think the colors are spectacular!
Speaking of colors, how do you like these? This was at the farmer's market. I have always thought the farmers markets in France were amazing examples of luscious veggies and an explosion of colors.
The architecture of the old buildings never ceases to cause me to gawk at the marvel of them. This is almost across the road from where we are staying. I think that house is abandoned. I'm going to show you some other amazing buildings we spied in our travels.
We found that behind this door is a garden, enclosed in the very old wall. Do you see how the top of the wall has totally different rocks than the walls themselves?? So interesting.
I loved the color of the shutters on this house.
I don't want to overwhelm (or bore) you with too many pictures so I'll save some more for hopefully tomorrow. We are taking the train back to Paris for a very early morning flight on Thursday back to San Francisco. It's been a truly fabulous trip.
Oh thank you so much for the virtual tour--lovely photos...that toile fabric makes my heart sing...hugs, JulieroseReplyDelete
Love every single one of these photos! What wonderful quilting inspiration they are, and the colors in that farmers market and the changing leaves, nature sure knows how to put on a show!ReplyDelete
Delicious colors and textures. What a treat!ReplyDelete
Love the pictures. I too treasure my travels to Europe. Especially the architecture. Thanks.ReplyDelete
What a lovely bunch of pictures...those tapestries are so old, aren't they! Have fun!!ReplyDelete
Very lovely! We watch quite a few BBC shows and the roads in England look very narrow too. We asked our grandson, who went to school in Oxford last spring and we asked him if the roads are really that narrow and he said Yes. He loves the architecture too, especially churches and steeples. Have fun!ReplyDelete
This is not boring at all! It's very nice of you to share your photos and your comments. It's like a personal tour. Thanks so much and I'm glad you're having a great trip.ReplyDelete
Awesome! Loved every minutes of reading this post. Thank you for sharing and no, you can't bore me with pictures showing la vie française. Safe flight home. ;^)ReplyDelete
So gorgeous. I love seeing your photos.ReplyDelete
I love what you are sharing. More, please!!ReplyDelete
Thank you for the armchair travel. What fun. Those tomatoes!!! PennyReplyDelete
It's so funny that you wrote the word "château" and not "castle" !ReplyDelete
Boring! Not! I love seeing all the pictures, colors, shapes all are inspiration.ReplyDelete
Beautiful photos, my friend! I love the tapestries! Kisses!!!!!!ReplyDelete
Welcome home! Thanks for sharing your wonderful travel photos. Thank you for mailing my mug rug when you got home, too!! It arrived in today's mail.ReplyDelete