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Top 10 Chateaux of the Loire Valley

Updated on July 7, 2015

The Loire River Valley Chateaux

The Loire River divides France into its Northern and Southern parts as the climate becomes much more temperate south of the river. The beautiful Loire Valley is known for its pastoral landscapes, historic villages, great architectural monuments, fine wines and of course its many chateaux.

Within the valley, there are well over 300 chateaux built between the 10th century (with castle fortifications) to the 15th century when kings and nobleman found the Loire Valley's moderate climate, proximity to Paris, and fertile landscape quite attractive. They employed some of the world's best landscape designers and architects to build thesegrand 'homes'.

Today, many of the chateaux are still privately held while others are open to the public for tours and still others are operated as hotels or bed and breakfasts.

Here are my Top 10 Picks for the best Chateaux in the Loire Valley (open to the public for tours). Below is a map of the Loire Valley and its Chateaux taken from Wikipedia. Just click through for a larger version.

Lens of the Day Honors

This lens was chosen by the Squidoo experts as the Lens of the Day (LOTD) on October 6, 2008.

What a thrill to be selected by the best of the best - I was truly honored! A special thanks to all of my fellow squids who have stopped by with their well wishes and comments. I appreciate all of the great feedback and the autumn gift bestowed upon me!

Great Loire Valley Chateau Books

#1 Chateau de Chenonceau

If you are visiting France, this unbelievable chateau on the Cher River in the Loire Valley is a must see! Built between 1515 and 1521, Château de Chenonceau's late Gothic and early Renaissance architecture and extensive gardens make it a showpiece. After being seized by French royalty as a payment for incurred debts, Henry II offered the château as a holiday gift to Diane de Poitiers (his mistress). Ms. Poitiers added the gardens of vegetables and flowers. Of course, Ms. Poitiers had no legal ownership of the castle so when King Henry II died, his wife, Catherine de' Medici had her expelled and took up residence in the chateau. She is responsible for adding the extensive terraced gardens that tourists can see today. In addition, she added the Grand Gallery which extended the chateau across the Cher River.

Ownership of the chateau has changed hands many times over the years, but in 1914, the Menier family (famous for chocolates) purchased it and still owns it today. Extensive renovations to the exterior and interior were done in 1951. The exquisite interior features many beautiful rooms and a large chapel decorated with priceless art work including works by Ruben, sculpted and painted wood, and period Renaissance furniture. The terraced formal gardens cover the entire bank of the river next to the Chateau.

For more information about visiting the chateau, visit their official website.

My Tips This is the most visited Chateau in France (after Versailles) so be sure to arrive early to avoid the crowds and busloads of tourists. It is well worth the extra few dollars to get the I-pod audio guide with commentary about the rooms, gardens and sites around Château de Chenonceau. Allow plenty of time to walk around the gardens - they are truly gorgeous. And there is a lovely onsite restaurant as well as a gift shop where you can buy chocolate gardening gifts for all the chocolate and garden lovers in your life.

#2 Chateau de Chambord

As you are driving in the French countryside, you will get glimpses of the gargantuan chateau rising above the forests which surround Château de Chambord. But until you park and start walking to the building, you can't really appreciate the sheer size and beauty of this architectural masterpiece. Built as a hunting lodge for François I, Château de Chambord is one of the finest examples of the Renaissance architecture in France. It took over 30 years to build during the 16th century. Both French and Italian architecture are seen throughout the design which has a central keep surrounded by four towers. One of the most famous areas in the chateau is the double helix staircase which enabled the King to ascend or descend the stairs without running into his servants. You can see someone else on the other staircase, but you will never meet them on the double helix. There are over 440 rooms and 85 staircases in Château de Chambord making it the largest chateau in the Loire Valley. In the photos below you can see the elaborate rooftop that has over 800 sculpted columns.

The chateau spent many years in disrepair. However in 1930, the French government bought the property and restored it to the magnificent building that you see today. It is surrounded by a walled game reserve called Parc de Chambord. Red deer and wild boar roam freely in the largest walled game park in Europe. For more information about visiting the chateau and game reserve, visit their website.

#3 Chateau d'Usse

If you are looking to see a Sleeping Beauty or Disney fairytale castle, Château d'Ussé should be at the top of the list. Located on the edge of the Chinon Forest overlooking the Indre River, the chateau sits atop the bank along the river and has terraced gardens about halfway up the bank. The current chateau sits on the site of an 11th century fortification that was destroyed paving the way for the 15th - 16th century castle that you can see today. It is occupied by the descendants of the Count de Blacas who inherited the castle in 1885. For more information about touring the castle, adjacent church and gardens, visit this website.

My Tips - The interior of the castle is not as magnificent as that of Chenonceau. However, the exterior and the view from the terraced gardens make this chateau well worth a visit. Across the street are several restaurants as well as some shops that sell things like flower candles, fairytale favors and gifts. How appropriate for this fairytale castle!

#4 Chateau de Villandry

Gardeners like me go weak in the knees at the mere mention of the Château de Villandry. Completed in 1536, the chateau was built in a Renaissance style by Jean le Breton, one of François I's Finance Ministers. Dr Joachim Carvallo (the great-grandfather of the present owners) purchased the chateau in 1906 and created the formal gardens that surround the chateau today. For more information about visiting the garden and chateau, go to their official website. For a virtual tour of the garden, check out the video below.

Villandry Garden Tour

#5 Clos Luce

Connected by an underground tunnel to the castle in Amboise (see photo from across the river below), Clos Lucé mansion is where Leonardo Da Vinci lived and worked during the last 3 years of his life. He died in 1519 in his upstairs bedroom. Leonardo was brought to Amboise by King François I who resided in the nearby castle. He enjoyed chatting with Leonardo almost daily and paid him a 700 golden Ecus a year pension to leave Da Vinci "free to think, dream, and work". The mansion itself was built in a Renaissance style out of brick and tufa stone (from nearby quarries). In the 1960s, Clos Luce underwent extensive renovations to restore the look of the house as well as the frescoes in the chapel.

Da Vinci was not only a great painter with works like the Mona Lisa, but also an extraordinary inventor of machines and discoverer of scientific phenomena. The basement of the home and the garden park house 40 of his military, aeronautic, hydraulic and mechanical inventions. They were constructed from his detailed drawings by scientists and engineers at IBM. You can see some of these inventions in the photos below.

My Tips - One of my great regrets in visiting the Loire Valley is that I didn't allot enough time to fully explore the garden park around the Clos Luce mansion. Many of Da Vinci's inventions are actually displayed in the park itself. So be sure to give yourself plenty of time to take it all in and even enjoy a cookie or cup of coffee in the little tea room directly behind the mansion.

#6 Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau

Built on an island in the middle of the Indre River, the Chateau d'Azay-le-Rideau seems to just rise from nowhere. The chateau features both French and Italian style architecture and was built between 1518 and 1527. Corner turrets, a walking path around the external wall, and the water surrounding the chateau give it a medieval or fairytale castle feeling. Be sure to allot enough time to visit both the chateau and the surrounding grounds. For more information, visit the tourism website.

My Tips Be sure to invest in an audio guide or take a fully guided tour in order to appreciate the exterior and interior features of this magnificent chateau.

#7 Chateau de Blois

Comprised of several buildings, the Château de Blois sits right at the Blois' city center. The wings and buildings were built between the 13th and 17th century and they surround a lovely central courtyard. The François I wing houses the chateau's most famous feature - a spiral staircase. The chateau was the location where the Archbishop of Reims blessed Joan of Arc before her march on Orleans in 1429 and has also served as the residence of many French kings. You can get more information at France-for-Visitors.com.

My Tips - If you speak English, visit the chateau on a Wednesday evening for a classical music concert and light show in English. Other evenings, it is presented in French only.

#8 Chinon and Its Castle

Chinon is one of the best preserved medieval towns in France. The town itself is situated on the Vienne River just before it reaches the Loire River. This location at the intersection of two major rivers put Chinon on major trade routes making it an excellent location for a fortified castle on the highest point - the mount. In the 12th century, Henry II built the massive chateau that extends a full 1300 feet parallel to the river bank and 250 feet wide. Over the years, many notable figures of history have lived in or visited the chateau including the Huguenots, Charles VII, and Joan of Arc in 1429 just before she began your quest to liberate France from England.

Today the chateau is owned and managed by the town of Chinon. You can obtain more information about visiting on their Chinon Tourist Office website.

#9 Chateau de Cheverny

Owned by many noblemen and military leaders over the years, Chateau de Cheverny was built the chateau between 1624 and 1630 by Philippe Hurault. Renowned for its exquisite interior which was renovated in 1768, the chateau holds a large collection of tapestries, furniture and artwork. The coffered ceilings and wood paneling are beautiful. For more information about visiting the chateau, visit their website.

My Tips - If you have time, stay for the daily feeding of the 70 hunting dogs that are housed at the Chateau. The dogs are taken out on hunts on the grounds surrounding the chateau a few times a week.

#10 Chateau de Chaumont - In French (not English)

Built on the 10th century remnants of a fortress built to protect Blois, the Chateau de Chaumont was built in the years between 1465 and 1510 by Charles I and Charles II d'Amboise. The original fortress was destroyed in the mid 15th century by King Louis XI in an act of revenge.

The chateau was built with 4 sides centered around a courtyard, but in 1739 the back wall was destroyed to obtain a better view of the Loire River below. You can see the photo below which shows the back side of the chateau as seen from across the river.

For more information about the chateau's annual Festival des Jardins (June to mid-Oct) or daily tours, visit France-For-Visitors.com You can also opt for a hot air balloon ride in this area...what a perfect way to capture a special moment for a newlywed couple's photo frame wedding favor or their mantel! Some local artisans were selling photos of the hot air balloon with the chateau in the background. They were magnificent.

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      jennabeezer 4 years ago

      Thank you for publishing this lovely lens! My parents took me to Paris as a high school graduation present to practice my French and absorb the culture. We had several other stops on our itinerary, and so we weren't able to squeeze in the Loire Valley castle tour like I'd wanted. We saw Versailles, though, and it was a wonderful experience. Lots to explore on this page. Thanks again!

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      Mary 4 years ago from Chicago area

      Chenonceau & Chinon are two I visited at 17 with my brother, on a backpacking trip, and then 2 years ago I got to take my kids there. Such different places, both with so much history. Amboise was a great "home base," just a (gorgeous) bike ride away from Chenonceau.

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      squid-janices7 4 years ago

      @dennis-erlick: You are absolutely correct! That is Amboise, but it is connected to Clos Luce via a tunnel which is why I mentioned it in the text and included the photo. Thanks for visiting.

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      terracroatia 4 years ago

      Beautiful photos, top romantic scenes! Thanks for sharing! :)

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      dennis-erlick 4 years ago

      The bottom photo of #5 Clos Lucé Château is actually Amboise

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      Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      Britain has many fine castles, but the French have done a far better job of preserving them, and renovating them to keep the history alive. A super lens about an area I always intended to visit, but never have. The wines of this are are also superb as is the cuisine. This is definitely one tour worth lingering over.

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      MaureenCee 4 years ago

      Hi, late last April I went to Ambrose which I absolutely adored, then Chenonceau and onto Chambord which was really quite lifeless after the other 2. If I went back I'd spend a day in Ambrose and Chenonceau just admiring and drinking in the history and ambience of them both

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Gorgeous. I'd hate to the be the one in charge of the dusting in those structures, though.

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      nextyear lm 4 years ago

      Beautiful chateau and a great lens. Hopefully I can visit there. :)

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      Congratulations for being featured in the Squidoo HQ Blog. Wow these pictures are so beautiful. I would love to visit.

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      webmavern 4 years ago

      Wow some beautiful chateaux here! I would love to visit France, try to make it this year. Happy New Year to you and your family!

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      Freestuffer LM 5 years ago

      Wow interesting lens!

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      acneanswers 5 years ago

      This region of France is on my to do list, even more so after seeing the stunning pictures on the lens

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      msseiboi 5 years ago

      Amazingly beautiful...long to be there in person

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      sivadarsh1 5 years ago

      Amazing views, Every traveler would love to see these places. Thanks for sharing this

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      Millionairemomma 5 years ago

      Stunning, I can see why you like it here.

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      SheilaMilne 5 years ago from Kent, UK

      Personally, I was fairly disappointed in Ussé. Pretty but those mannequins they have posed around the place are just tacky. I hope they have got rid of them. Villandry is by far my favourite. Some of the smaller, less well-known, ones can be a delight. We happened upon the Château de Cahtonnière with beautiful gardens too.

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      melissiaoliver 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens! Despite living just across the channel, I've never really explored France that well. I really must see some of these chateaux some day!

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      PaulRyan 5 years ago

      Absolutely stunning!

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      wormwood80 5 years ago

      Beautiful pictures! I've never been to France, but this really makes me want to go :)

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      Gabriel360 5 years ago

      Great lens! Awesome Lens! Great Job! The Castle Pictures were extraordinary!

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      costumesngifts 5 years ago

      Your article just transported me to a very romantic, beautiful place. Thank you! And hooray for hedge gardens!

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      Gorgeous lens! Thanks for sharing!

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      SayGuddaycom 5 years ago

      Nice lens

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      Terrie_Schultz 5 years ago

      Awesome photos! I hope to visit some of these places someday.

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      webgain 5 years ago

      beautiful lens..

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      SupremeOptimist 6 years ago

      awesome lens, beautiful photos, thanks for sharing!

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      SquidooMBA 6 years ago

      I was going to say which one was my favorite but at the end of the lens, I couldn't decide. Great lens!

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      An exquisite lens. I spent more than one hour looking and admiring the beautiful Loire Valley Chateaus you presented here. Thank you for the tour. Blessings from this angel.

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      An exquisite lens. I spent more than one hour looking and admiring the beautiful Loire Valley Chateaus you presented here. Thank you for the tour. Blessings from this angel.

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      StrongMay 6 years ago

      I love this lense! I love France! I love chateaux. One day I want to own one myself. In the mean time, I can't wait to get back to France, and tour the southern half.

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      fotos4web lm 6 years ago

      Good informative lens on the Loie Chateaux well done.

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      bloodyjack 6 years ago

      I like this place.

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      staymor 6 years ago

      Great lens, love the sites!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      gorgeous lens.

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      fullofshoes 6 years ago

      Nice lens. Such beautiful photos!

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      baby-strollers 6 years ago

      You given me one more place to visit. Looks beautiful!

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      harubel 6 years ago

      It is a nice lens about traveling. If i could i were there.

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      Naakordai 6 years ago

      I love the photography and the amazing history of the Loire valley; an incredible part of France.

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      BlondeBomber 6 years ago

      What an amazing lens to read and VIEW! Wonderful photos that left me envious of your journey! Thank you!

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      RuthCoffee 6 years ago

      Loved this lens. I have a picture of my husband standing in front of Chateau Chenonceau, exactly like your intro photo. Wonderful memories of these places :)

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      ChrissLJ 6 years ago

      Someplace, I have a photo of me falling out of the tree beside the entrance to Château de Chaumont. (I'm a little less than graceful.) Then there was a car show happening at Chenonceau while I was there..., bc French chateaux and really expensive race cars go so well together? (Read "another great photo op.") Blois was my least favorite... (and not because it's pronounced BLAH!). I know it was fashionable at the time to have exterior spiral staircases to make it appear as if the king was ascending into the heavens, but it I always thought it was rather condescending.

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      Crestmill 6 years ago

      I've been to Chenonceau, and several of the others, as we live in the UK, so have visited France on lots of occasions. There's no questioning just how stunning Chenonceau is though. It's in an amazing state of repair, and you can just spend so long wandering around. Can be busy though, as you said - it is the second most visited chateau.

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      Senditondown 6 years ago from US

      Very nice lens. Gorgeous photos. I got to take a trip without leaving the farm!

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      TheGourmetCoffe 6 years ago

      Difficult to share a favorite, they are truly amazing places to visit! Nice lens.

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      seosmm 6 years ago

      Lots of good info. Very nice lens!

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      anusk1313 lm 6 years ago

      Great lens and very very beautiful pictures!

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      Northwestphotos 6 years ago

      Wow! What fantastic places I never knew existed! I would love to visit all of them! Great photos and great lens!

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      MyCTRestaurants 6 years ago

      Great lens! Will definitely need to take a tour of some of these! - The French Life

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      wow, that's the great thing about life, amazing things for our eyes to lay upon. 'thumbs up' from this reader to you.

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      oxfordian 6 years ago

      Stunning, stunning, stunning! I've only been to a few of these, but the rest are on my bucket list!

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      SaintFrantic 6 years ago

      Amazing love this castles

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      jodijoyous 6 years ago from New York

      Long, long ago I was on a bus tour of the Loire Valley (and wineries). The bus broke down one night and we had to (well we just did) open some of the wine (and beg a shopkeeper to open his store so we could buy some bread and cheese and ham to go with it). :) Blessed.

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      golfspice 6 years ago

      It would be Chenonceau for me, but so many have their own charm and character. I recommend touring the region by car at a nice leisurely pace. Visit a few vineyards along the way. Tour is a good base for exploring the region.

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      PocketfulofParis 6 years ago

      I am going to the loire valley soon

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      elyria 6 years ago

      Wow, so beautiful and amazing photos!

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      irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

      So tempting! I want to do this trip. School bus blessings for your lens!

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      luxwebwizard 6 years ago

      Hi,

      I added your lens to my lens about Medieval Festivals in "Featured Lenses". Keep up the good work...

      Have a nice day and best regards,

      Gust

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      luxwebwizard 6 years ago

      Hi,

      Very interesting and well documented lens about "Loire Valley Chateau", love it. I visited myself together with my wife that beautiful part of France years ago and can recommend it to everybody. Without saying how good the food is in that area also, got 2 kilos more in one week time, LOL...

      BTW: I created a Lens about Medieval Festivals In Europe, could be of interest to You maybe?

      Have a nice day and best regards,

      Gust

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

      Amazing photos. Thanks for sharing:)

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      dessertlover 6 years ago

      Another fabulous travel lens....looks like you had an amazing time in France based on all your lenses!

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Fantastic travel lens - what wonderful pictures you've included!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Beautiful and neat places.thanks lens for sharing.

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      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      Stunning lens - well done Loire Valley is on my bucket list now!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      fantastic lens! i'm trying to plan a honeymoon for my fiancé and I. I want to stay at a castle and/or visit them. Your lens is very informative, thanks!!

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a beautifully crafted lens. I had been to the Loire Valley several times but did not focus on the chateux. Time to go back again.

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      Malu Couttolenc 6 years ago

      Another lovely Lens, la Loire and its castles is a wonderful tour. Lensrolled it to my Troyes, France lens

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      AlisonMeacham 6 years ago

      Squid Angel Blessings to you for a beautiful lens

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      SandyPeaks 6 years ago

      Beautiful pictures! Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      squid-pinkchic18 6 years ago

      WOW. These. are. gorgeous. I'd imagine you could get pretty lost in mansions like these! Looks like a wonderful trip though, thank you for sharing all the great images!

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      tourism-india 6 years ago

      nice pics. seems like must visit places

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      WorldVisionary 7 years ago

      It looks so lovely. I can't wait to visit someday!

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      PatagoniaTours 7 years ago

      Very imformative Lens. Love Château de Villandry, especially the garden.

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      Michey LM 7 years ago

      Your choice of those Chateaus are impeccable, I like them all and the presentation, picture and description are very well done.

      Blessing of a Squid Angel.

      regards

      Michey

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      Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      This brings back memories. I visited a number of these chateau on two separate trips to France when I was in high school. I'd love to go back again.

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      WhitePineLane 7 years ago

      Fabulous lens on a magical part of France. Love it that you've added your own personal tips for visiting the chateaux. *Blessed by a Squid Angel*

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      thesuccess2 7 years ago

      Lens masterclass. One word of advice try not to visit these Chateaux when it's baking hot and the Loire is dry.

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      Mary Norton 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Beautiful pictures. I missed these chateaux when we were there as we went to see the wine country and then, Preisch where St. Marie Eugenie grew up in a very beautiful chateau as well.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Beautiful lens describing the beautiful Chateaus of France . Loire valley is a beautiful part of the France and has many admirers due to the greenery and vineyards.

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      WriterBuzz 7 years ago

      This is a great lens. Thanks for making it. Very informative. I gave you a thumbs up

      cause I like your lens.

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      Meloramus 7 years ago

      Marvellous lens!

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      frances lm 7 years ago

      Beautiful lens. I have only been to Azay-le-Rideau but it was gorgeous.

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      petanu 7 years ago

      wonderful places!

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      jolou 7 years ago

      Wonderful lens, I love the photos. I can see why this was chosen for LOTD.

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      Nice! The pictures are so wonderful and the information very precise. I would love to see this lovely place. 5*

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      GaryABowles 7 years ago

      Amazing! I have always wanted to travel to Europe and see any of these Chateau. You have inspired me even more, and now I have a comprehensive list to go by.

      Thanks

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      This is a marvelous lens! I love the Chenonceau and Chambord castles but never saw the one of Ussé and now, I'm crazy about it too! Thanks for this fantastic travel through the Pays de Loire! Although I don't live far away from the Loire region (I live in Belgium, so, it's only 600/800 km) I've never been but I think you convinced me to take my car and drive a bit to see them in reality!

      SquidAngel blessings to the famous Châteaux de la Loire!

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      lilmuchang1 7 years ago

      hii!! i went to most of the chateaux in loire valley a few years back. i even lived in chateauroux, about 50 kms from Tours for two years :)

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      ruilevi 8 years ago

      Beautiful lens about one of the most beautiful river valleys in the world,5*!

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      AlisonMeacham 8 years ago

      A beautiful lens. Squid Angel Blessings to you

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      dc64 lm 8 years ago

      Beautiful lens on the French chateaux, there are so many! Clos Lucé is fantastic! This lens so well compliments my castles of France, so off to do some lensrolling!

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      Louise0711 8 years ago

      I lived in Laval in the Loire Valley for 8 months and it is such a beautiful part of France. The pictures you have are amazing. Another great lens.

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      Lamar Ross 9 years ago from Florida

      I have always loved the European castles and these are some of the most beautiful. Thanks for joining my Anything and Everything Travel group.

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      Beautiful lens... Congratulations on your Giant Squid Awards nomination!

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      clouda9 lm 9 years ago

      Drop dead gorgeous pictures and a wonderful share! Your passion shines. Congrats on your 2008 Giant Squid nomination...woot! (http://www.squidoo.com/2008-giant-squid-awards)

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      Andy 9 years ago from London, England

      Excellent lens about a beautiful part of the world. Great pictures too. I have lensrolled to my Loire Valley lens too.

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      Paul Hassing 9 years ago

      Beautiful lens! I can see why you won Lens of the Day. Many thanks for educating me! P. :)

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      dragoad 9 years ago

      Visiting France - my plan for year 2009.

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      Susan Deppner 9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Congratulations on the Giant Squid Awards nomination for this beautiful lens!

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      CoolFoto 9 years ago

      My husband and I are professional photographers and we made a tour of the Loire Valley about 5 years ago. Your lens really shows it like it is. 5* and lensroll to my Paris, France lens www.squidoo.com/paris_france. Giant vote,too. :)