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In my yesterday post I wrote that Diane de Poitiers got a castle of Chenonceau (and many other things) from the king henry II. But after his death she had to leave Chenonceau by order of Catherine de Medici. But surprisingly Cath was quite generous and offered his husband's mistress this castle in Chaumont-sur-Loire. Quite not bad, I think. This castle has no water around, so no reflections in the moat, but the setting is also beautiful high above Loire River. The view from the castle is magnificent.

The name Chaumont derives from the French chauve mont, meaning "bald hill". The first castle on this site, situated between Blois and Amboise, was built by Odo I, Count of Blois, in the 10th century, with the purpose of protecting his lands from attacks from his feudal rivals, Fulk Nerra, Count of Anjou. [...}
The château was acquired by Catherine de Medici. There she entertained numerous astrologers, among them Nostradamus. When her husband, Henry II, died, she forced his mistress, Diane de Poitiers, to exchange Château de Chaumont for Château de Chenonceau which Henry had given to de Poitiers. Diane de Poitiers only lived at Chaumont for a short while.

I was quite happy with the weather, it didn't rain and there were moments of sun. But it could be better.
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