Our first stop on our Loire Valley tour was in Chenonceau, to visit my favorite château. The day was perfect.
From this vantage, taken from the second floor balcony, you can see the approach to the castle down a long shady drive. The château itself spans the Cher River with the front door on one bank and the back door on the other. During the war the near bank was in Nazi occupied France and the far bank was not, so you can well imagine people escaping down the corridor and slipping through the back entrance.
One of my favorite features of this château is the ever-shrinking floor tiles in the great room. These Italian faience tiles, laid in the 1600s once covered the whole floor but over the years have all been worn off except at the very edges where no one walks. Even over the years we have been visiting, some more have disappeared.