22 April 2008

Saturday afternoon at Chambord

The château de Chambord on an April weekend

When Chris P. and I got to Chambord Saturday afternoon, it wasn't nearly as crowded as I had thought it might be. There were plenty of people, but the stroll around the castle was very pleasant.

This group had a bird's-eye view of the other people visiting Chambord

We sat down on the terrace at the Hôtel St-Michel to enjoy the view of the château and watch the people walk by. We were about the only people seated on the terrace, and the service was quick and friendly. The sun kept peeking out from behind big clouds and there was little wind, so the weather felt almost warm. Chris had a small café-crème and I had a glass of white wine from the nearby Cour Cheverny appelation.

Getting married at Chambord

One of the people-watching experiences we enjoyed was seeing a bride a groom walk by, accompanied by their attendants. I suppose they were going out to a position where they could have their picture taken with the château de Chambord as the backdrop.

The bride and groom — la mariée et le marié

That was just the first wedding we saw Saturday afternoon. The second was a big family affair, with several generations in attendance. I think I'll save the pictures of that group for tomorrow...

These two didn't seem to be tying the knot

It's raining again this morning and the Indre (20 miles south of Saint-Aignan) and Vézère (in Dordogne) rivers are flooding today. The local Sauldre and Cher rivers are very full, and several small streams we crossed over on a drive yesterday afternoon were out of their banks.


  1. i don't love the shiny white french palaces as well as the craggy gray british ones, but this one is something else. with sunshine, yet. and brides and grooms and a cafe and a balcony from which to watch it all. wow. (love those size 13 pale grey winklepickers the groom is wearing. bonne chance, dude.)

  2. I agree with chm and yes, we are older now Ken;-)

    Purejuice said the pointy shoes the men are wearing are called "winklepickers" which is such a funny name. I don't think I've ever eaten a winkle or seen a winklepicker. At least the long toe space leaves plenty of room for one's toes...

    Thanks for the wedding photos, the guests were lucky to have no rain.


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