Ignoring ‘No Entry’ Signs at Chateau de Chaumont
The last castle Judy and I visited on our September trip was Chateau de Chaumont. To me this Chateau looks suspiciously like the Walt Disney castle. However, the brochure claims that it dates to the 10th Century and the person in the gift shop insisted that Walt Disney never lived there.
Many people go to Chateau Chaumont for the International Garden Festival, but the Chateau itself is worth seeing.
To get there you need to climb a wide path. Takes 20 minutes or so, but there are flowers to look at along the way.
Once you get to the top of the hill you see the remains of an allee of trees. Sorry but I can’t remember the kind of trees, but trust me when I tell you they were hundreds of years old. Sadly they had become diseased and the decision was made to top them rather than remove them entirely. Personally, I don’t think this works – sad as it is, they should have removed the old trees entirely and put in something new.
As you approach the castle, you pass flower beds full of Salvia, Gaura lindheimeri, Verbena bonariensis, ‘Karl Foerster’ Calamagrostis, and white petunias. UPDATE: Scott from Rhone Street Gardens points out that the grasses are actually Pennisetum macrourum, not ‘Karl Foerster’.
There’s a drawbridge and a moat surrounding the castle. Alligators or piranha in the moat would have been cool but actually it’s dry. Can’t have everything I guess.
Once inside, there were lots of winding stairs.
It seems Judy and I don’t pay enough attention to signs. How do you say ‘No Entry” or ‘Personnel Only’ in French? Anyhow, we wandered around and found ourselves in this hallway.
We passed by rooms where a wide variety of stuff was stacked on the floor or laid out on shelves. Wonder if they could shoot an episode of Hoarders here? I was really tempted to take one of those helmets. I mean they have so many, I can’t imagine they would miss just one.
Nice views of the Loire from the window, though.
After leaving the Chateau we walked by the old stables.
There were some really interesting and twisted old evergreen trees. Sorry, once again I don’t know what kind. Cedars? I am really a perennials person, not a tree person. Anyhow, these had very interesting upright cones, something I haven’t seen before.
Another day, another Chateau. Actually, this is the last Chateau we saw in France. We did get to see some castles in England, but that’s for another post.