Saint-Dyé is a village on the south or left bank of the Loire River, near Chambord and 15 km upriver from Blois. Its population is about 1100.
Saint-Dyé was the river port where materials needed for the construction of the château at Chambord were brought in back in the early to middle 1500s. I first went there soon after we moved to Saint-Aignan in 2003. There was a classic car rally down on the banks of the Loire one October day I remember well, with dozens of beautiful, old Citroëns, Peugeots, Renaults, Simcas, and Panhards.
We drove over to Saint-Dyé after seeing Chambord Monday afternoon. The light of the setting sun was beautiful. My pictures don't do it justice. The camera couldn't decide how to focus.
The streets of Saint-Dyé are as narrow as any you'll find in France. My little Peugeot just barely fit in between the walls of the old houses on many of them.
And there's another picture of Chambord that I took Monday — not from my café table, but from farther away, where we could see the chimneys and towers through a stand of trees.