Le Château de Cheverny, where the long-time owners still live
At Cheverny, for some reason, there's a big opaque fence that blocks the view of the château from the road. When you're up close, you can see anything, unlike at Chambord where you can get clear views of the building from the roads all around it. Maybe it's because the Château de Chambord is owned by the French state, while the Château de Cheverny is privately owned (and occupied, at least in part).
The main street through the village of Cheverny
Yesterday, Walt was driving so I could have a look around with my sightseeing eyes — and camera. I noticed that I could see more of the Château de Cheverny from farther back on the road, because I could sort of see over the fence. I grabbed my camera and snapped the picture up above, using a long zoom. The sunlight was pretty, and was a real treat for a change.
As you can see, there aren't many people out on the streets this time of year. The Château de Cheverny was built between 1604 and 1634 — a hundred years later than Chambord. The Cadogan guide describes it as "the most refined Loire château of the lot, a lesson in French architectural and aristocratic good taste." During the German occupation of France in the 1940s, Leonardo's Mona Lisa was hidden at Cheverny for safe storage.