Sunday, October 03, 2010

A few more Loire Valley shots, and then we head south

I closed the last post with a shot of a covered bed inside Azay-Le-Rideau. So let me share a few more shots inside the château. First is a shot of what was the kitchen...


A large fire would be built and pots would be swung out over it


And for relaxation after dinner (not that the master of the house was cooking the meals!)...





As we left, this lovely view was one of the last things we saw on the way out of the grounds...



That was our last château before we wrapped up our Loire Valley visit and headed south to Provence. As part of our travels, I had planned to take a route that would bring us across an engineering marvel, the Millau Viaduct. While the name may not sound impressive (a viaduct?), the Millau Viaduct is the tallest bridge in the world.

We stopped before we crossed it, so we could get a good view and I could get a few photos. To do that, we had to park in a parking lot near the bridge and hike up a rather impressive hill. It had a walking path, but it still was quite a climb. (I was pleased, on the way back down, to see a young man in pretty good shape breathing quite hard as he hiked up there.) Here's a photo I took once we got up there...



Next up actually won't be Provence. Rather, we made another stop on the way, and I have some photos from that. I would promise not to take so long for the next post, but I try to keep my promises and I've been bad about posting lately! So let's just say that I will make some effort to post again soon and leave it at that! :)

4 comments:

ATG said...

That bridge looks so surreal. Possibly because it looks so modern against such a rural setting?

I love the picture of the water and wisteria and the castle. Makes me want to live there. :)

Jess said...

It is quite a contrast, isn't it, Angie? The giant modern structure over that green valley that looks like it has for millenia, I would imagine.

And they might object to you moving into the castle, but you could visit! Or rent a place nearby and live right near it, for regular visits!

CJ/Rick said...

That looks so fake in such a beautiful setting. I'm sure it's a marvel to see. Awesome pics-thanks for sharing!

Jess said...

CJ/Rick: Thanks! Now I need to get back to work and share more! I'm such a bad blogger these days!