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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lousat (82512) 2013-10-03 2:02
Hi Malgo.What a beautiful capture,looks like a pastel peinture,a magnificent castle that i lost in my Loira trip 23 years ago,maybe it's time to go back...ehhee....have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Royaldevon (33385) 2013-10-03 3:10
Good Morning Malga,
You may know this, but I just love to visit chateaux. They are full of character, beauty and historic speculation.
You have chosen a fine viewpoint, where the path seems to funnel the viewers neatly towards the waiting entrance.
You have managed to include the whole frontage of the chateau, no mean feat, which allows us to gain a good understanding of its size and magnificence. The details are sharp, despite the obvious movement of people, who help to give us that sense of scale.
Have a great day,
snunney (89926) 2013-10-03 4:00
Excellent symmetrical composition of this fairy tale château. I like the warm light and colours. The gravel path is a great invitation to join the other visitors.
Noel_Byrne (27396) 2013-10-03 4:05
It must be such a pleasure to walk up and see a sight like this in real life, a tru fairy tale castle, and one with a long rich history as we see from your note. I love the light pastel colors and the straight on point of view I'd perfect to showcase this amazing architecture. Thanks for sharing this gem.
All the bst
aadilj (18102) 2013-10-03 5:02
Hi....glad to see you are carrying forward your wonderful work!
Sergiom (67404) 2013-10-03 5:30
J'ai du subir moi aussi cette très mauvaise température pendant les deux premières semaines , mais cela s'est beaucoup amélioré par la suite. Ce château est très impressionnant et la texture de l'image donne une impression de 3D.
Romano46 (18472) 2013-10-03 9:08
più che una fotografia questa sembra un disegno molto raffinato e ben eseguito per la grande cura che hai messo nell'inquadrare il soggetto e soprattutto per la nettezza dei dettagli che si mostrano nitidissimi nel fotogramma.
Un eccellente lavoro al quale contribuisce una colorazione molto delicata per un risultato che si può definire senza alcun dubbio eccellente.
Ciao e buona giornata
korbee (6617) 2013-10-03 12:06
Good evening Malgo,
What a lovely vieuw of the castle,the people walking around are bringing things alive,unmistakeblr French archtecture!
Could be the scnene on a label of a good bttle of wine ;=],and thats a compliment!
PaulVDV (24379) 2013-10-03 12:28
This castle appears to originate from a fairytale. The picture has something of a drawing.
Excellent capture, sharpness and DOF. Splendid colours.
Best regards, Paul
carlo62 (38667) 2013-10-03 14:44
un altro bel colpo, bella la prospettiva della strada che ci porta diretti al magnifico castello.
I famoso castelli della Loira sono proprio belli, la loro fama è più che meritata.
photoray (13656) 2013-10-03 17:17
Another impressive fairy-like chateau with your view of Chaumont sur Loire, especially the dominating steeples. And perhaps the lack of bright sunlight enhances the rock and architecture textures.
I would love to stroll here and dream.
jjcordier (79002) 2013-10-03 22:53
Bonne photo de ce beau château. Ton travail de PP particulier en donne une image aux couleurs originales.
papagolf21 (90440) 2013-10-04 0:33
Bonjour, chère Malgo,
Les tours à poivrière se gonflent d'importance (à juste titre) et l'ensemble se regarde avec beaucoup d'intérêt.
L'architecture est de toute beauté et passe les siècles avec bonheur.
Très bonne journée.
macjake (61434) 2013-10-04 11:15
I'm so jealous!
good for you to be able to have seen so many castles in France!!!!!
this one is very story-book-like, or fairy-tale like.
wonderful memories here for sure.
It would be amazing to see this piece of architecture in person.
love the girth and width of the Castle in this viewpoint. excellent photo, and i've enjoyed your other posted shots of Castle's too
have a great day
siudzi (34141) 2013-10-04 14:04
Ten zamek wygląda rzeczywiście bajecznie! Jestem pod wielkim wrażeniem jego wyjątkowej architektury. Ciepła tonacja Twojej kompozycji bardzo pasuje do tej prezentacji i sprawia, że efekt końcowy jest fantastyczny. Super praca!
krzychu30 (15510) 2013-10-04 22:33
jeden ze slynnych zamkow nad Loara.Piekna,imponujace architektura oraz znakomity kadr,ktory swietnie wydobywa wyjatkowosc i piekno tego miejsca.Poza tym bardzo podoba mi sie sposob w jaki poddalas zdjecie obrobce.Nadaje zdjeciu wyjatkowego wygladu i klimatu!
Pozdrawiam i zycze milego weekendu
ChrisJ (104209) 2013-10-08 8:21
Looks like something straight out of a Disney fairytale! Good repetition of the castle turrets and towers and the people add scale. I might have either avoided sharpening the sky or blurred it to hide the pixellated grain. But that's a minor point. Good saturation and density too. The fg path adds lead in lines and perspective. Tfs!