The Loire Valley in France is well-known for its incredible chateaux, but none are as beautiful as Chenonceau, in my opinion. Obviously I did not visit them all because I believe there are about 50 there. But I did see 5! Ok, that’s sounds pretty weak, now that I put it in writing. But these were 5 incredible chateaux, and they are all fabulous in one way or another. Or in several ways...you know what I mean.
But I have to give the nod to Chenonceau as the most beautiful one that I saw. It was just magical, incredible, and (insert any superlative here that you want to). I was smitten. I’m ready to move in anytime.
Some of that has to do with the location. It’s like something from a storybook. There are beautiful gardens and the early Renaissance architecture is just perfect. The chateau is nestled in some quiet woods, and straddles the River Cher. Those graceful arches just add to the allure for me, and I consider it an architectural masterpiece. In other words - I loved it, but I think you have figured that out by now. :-)
I read that this is the most visited chateau in the Loire Valley, and after being there I can see why. Be sure and make a point to see this lovely jewel of the Loire - it’s worth it!