Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Visual Feast Chinon

ONE AFTERNOON OF BEAUTY

Obsessed by a fairy tale, we spend our lives searching for a magic door 
and a lost kingdom of peace. 
- Eugene O'Neill 


A stroll through the beautiful city of Chinon, and the fairytale of living in France returned and excited my esprit. One afternoon in this picturesque village with its swags of roses draped over gates and doorways, its quaint shopfronts and cobbled streets and I was once again enchanted. I forgot the daily grind of life, the drab, rainy summer we've had, the need to see my doctor that I keep putting off and trying to help one son find an internship and the worries of the other off in Africa and here I was, once again, in the beautiful, romantic France of every American girl's fairytale.




A downpour, a rainy morning through mid afternoon didn't dampen our enthusiasm once we saw how stunning and how well preserved Chinon is. The city of Chinon is nestled in the Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Center, along the banks of the peaceful Vienne River. We wend our way to the center and are carried swiftly upward to the narrow road towards the Châteaux perched atop the town. We don't take the time to visit the Château of Chinon a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a favorite residence of Henry II, Henry Plantagenêt, Count of Anjou, crowned King of England in 1154, but admire it from afar before turning back to stare out at the sea of rooftops of which we are now given a bird's eye view.





We will return to Chinon shortly and spend a longer time getting to know this lovely corner of France.




Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale. 
- Hans Christian Andersen 




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10 comments:

Alison at The Gracious Posse said...

Ahhhhh, gorgeous.

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

What a beautiful village. Love the house with the pale pink door.
Sam

Jamie said...

@Alison - Thank you! I couldn't get enough, it was so pretty but only had about an hour. Next time we'll stay longer and see more!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Fabulous houses, architecture, streets and town!

Cheers,

Rosa

Lora said...

That is just gorgeous. Wow.

Kitchen Riffs said...

Fun pictures! Particularly like the one of the scooters -- just my sort of whimsy.

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef said...

I want to visit there right this minute! How beautiful it is.

Jenni said...

Wow, what a gorgeous destination, Jamie! I am a little smitten! <3

Elizabeth said...

What is it about the doctor that we constantly put off going? I hope the only reason is that you just don't see the point of going for a routine checkup when you know you're just fine.

These are wonderful photos, Jamie! No wonder you feel renewed.

The flowering vines on the walls remind me of a lovely walk we took through Nyons one early autumn day and another equally rejuvenating walk in a different year through the remarkably coloured town of Collange la Rouge. (Even the slugs on the Roman road leading into the town were red!)

Nuts about food said...

Stunning!

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