Of the 50-some-odd castles in the Loire River Valley, one of the most beautiful is the Chateau de Chenonceau. Nicknamed “Chateau des Dames” (Castle of the Ladies) due to its design and decoration being heavily influenced by some of France’s most famous women, Chenonceau is a jewel of the area and a must-visit.
Although we arrived in Azay-le-Rideau under the impression that we were in the middle of the sparse French countryside (which we were totally satisfied with), we would soon discover that there was more to this place than dirt roads and troglodytes.
After a delightful five days in Paris, we set off on our road trip. We picked up our little Fiat Panda from the rental car agency, and away we went. Our first stop would be the Loire Valley, famous for being a playground for the nobility.