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Il mio bellissimo viaggio tra Bretagna e Valle della Loira:
Paesaggi, coste selvaggie battute dal vento dell’oceano , castelli fiabeschi,foreste ricche di selvaggina ,frutti di maree altro cibo eccellenti..,vino buono e persone molto gentili ed accoglienti e poi porcellane a non finire (Quimper in Bretagna e Gien nella Loira) per non parlare di pittori…
Io e la mia famiglia siamo entusiasti!!
Vi propongo una serie di foto di questo mio favoloso viaggio…
Abbiamo dormito in due splendidi luoghi
http://la-flanerie.fr/ in Bretagna
http://www.lehavredemarie.com/ nella Loira

my wonderful trip between Brittany and the Loire Valley:
Landscapes, wild coasts and cliffs windswept of the ocean, fairytale castles, forests full of game, seafood, and other food .. excellent, good wine and very kind and welcoming people and then porcelain to no end (Quimper in Brittany and the Loire Gien ) not to mention painters ... Me and my family are thrilled!
I propose a series of photos of my fabulous journey ...:
we stayed in two beautiful places
http://la-flanerie.fr/ in Bretagna
http://www.lehavredemarie.com/ nella Loira

Le tappe del mio viaggio (The stages of my journey):
12-8-2013 Pisa-Chateau de Chenonceau -Concarneau
13-8-2013 Concarneau-Locronan-Cap Sizun,Pointe de Van-Pointe de Raz-Cap Coz-Concarneau
14-8-2013 Concarneau-Quimper-Port Menec’h-Kerascoet-Trevignon-Concarneau
15-8-2013 Concarneau-Pleyben-Monts d’arrée-Le Faou-Concarneau
16-8-2013 Concarneau-Pont l’Abbe-Brest Oceanopolis-Concarneau
17-8-2013 Concarneau-Cap de la Chevre-Point de PenHir-Pont Aven-Concarneau
18-8-2013 Concarneau –Trebeurden-Perros Guirrec (sentiero dei doganieri)-Plousgat Plougrescant
19-8-2013 Concarneau-Quimper-Beaugency
20-8-2013 Beaugency-Chateau de Chaumont-Chateau du Beauregard-Chateau du Moulin-Beaugency
21-8-2013 Beaugency-Gien -Sully sur Loire-Saint Benoit sur Loire-Beaugency
22-8-2013 Beaugency-Chateau de Chambord-Beaugency
23-8-2013 Beaugency-Pisa
Km 5440
Oggi cari amici vi propongo un’immagine ,mia interpretazione, del castello di Chanbord.Buona visione a tutti.Raw 20mm

Il castello di Chambord è il più vasto dei castelli della Loira. È stato costruito tra il 1519 ed il 1547 nei pressi di una curva del fiume Cosson, corso d'acqua affluente del Beuvron che si getta poi a sua volta nella Loira. Sorge nel dipartimento Loir-et-Cher, 14 km a nord-est di Blois ed a circa 6 km dalla riva sinistra della Loira. Nel 1981 fu iscritto nella lista dei siti Patrimonio dell'umanità da parte dell'UNESCO, ed ora rientra assieme a tutta la Valle della Loira.Chambord ha ospitato numerosi personaggi: oltre a Francesco I e a Luigi XIV, si recavano spesso a cacciare nella foresta Francesco II e Carlo IX. Nel castello visse anche Luigi XIII. Ai tempi di Luigi XIV vi soggiornò Molière, che scrisse, in pochi giorni, una commedia: Il signor di Pourceaugnac.Il castello di Chambord possiede senza dubbio una silhouette molto particolare e costituisce una grande espressione architettonica dello stile rinascimentale. La sua facciata è lunga ben 128 metri, ha 440 locali, più di 80 scale, 365 camini ed 800 capitelli scolpiti.Nella realizzazione si nota l'influenza di Leonardo da Vinci, che ha lavorato come architetto alla corte di Francesco I, e quella di Domenico da Cortona..Il vasto dominio boscoso di Chambord fu comprato nel 1392 dalla famiglia d'Orlèans dai precedenti proprietari, i conti di Blois. Quando il duca d'Orlèans divenne re di Francia nel 1498 col nome di Luigi XII, il dominio divenne proprietà della Corona.Nel 1516 Francesco I tornò dall'Italia con Leonardo da Vinci e col desiderio di realizzare un grande edificio sullo stile del rinascimento italiano. Nel 1519 l'area di Chambord fu scelta per la costruzione di una residenza di caccia e dal 1526 ben 1800 operai lavorarono alla realizzazione del castello. I lavori si conclusero nel 1547, dopo molti ingrandimenti successivi al primo progetto, con l'ala degli appartamenti reali. Francesco I passò davvero poco tempo a Chambord prima della sua morte.Nel 1639 Luigi XIII lo donò a suo fratello Gastone d'Orléans. Luigi XIV sottopone nel 1684 la residenza a nuovi lavori per far coprire la cappella e per far collegare tra loro i quattro appartamenti del vestibolo nord del primo piano per farne le sue stanze.Dal 1725 al 1733 il castello fu occupato da Stanislao Leszczyński, re detronizzato di Polonia e suocero di Luigi XV. Dal 1745 al 1750 servì da caserma al reggimento di Maurizio di Sassonia, il quale vi prese residenza stabile. Nel 1792 il governo rivoluzionario ne pose in vendita i mobili. Napoleone donò la residenza al maresciallo Berthier, la cui vedova poi lo vendette ad Henri d'Artois, duca di Bordeaux, che prese allora anche il titolo di conte di Chambord. Carlo X lo occupò per un breve periodo durante il quale lo fece sommariamente restaurare. Durante la guerra franco-tedesca del 1870 servì come ospedale di campagna. Dal 1883 Chambord appartenne alla famiglia ducale di Parma.Dal 1930 il dominio è di proprietà dello stato francese che lo gestisce tramite l'Associazione amici di Chambord. Nel 1947 iniziò un imponente restauro del castello che lo fece divenire la notevole attrazione turistica che è oggi. Il castello è all'interno di un dominio boscoso di 5440 ettari, circondato da un muro di cinta lungo ben 32 km che lo rende il più grande parco forestale chiuso d'Europa. I cervi ed i cinghiali sono gli abitanti più rappresentativi dei suoi boschi.(wikipedia)

The royal Château de Chambord at Chambord, Loir-et-Cher, France, is one of the most recognizable châteaux in the world because of its very distinct French Renaissance architecture which blends traditional French medieval forms with classical Renaissance structure.The building, which was never completed, was constructed by King François I.Chambord is the largest château in the Loire Valley ; it was built to serve as a hunting lodge for François I, who maintained his royal residences at Château de Blois and Château d'Amboise. The original design of the Château de Chambord is attributed, though with several doubts, to Domenico da Cortona. Some authors claim that the French Renaissance architect Philibert Delorme had a considerable role in the château's design and others have suggested that Leonardo da Vinci may have designed it.Chambord was altered considerably during the twenty-eight years of its construction (1519–1547) during which it was overseen on-site by Pierre Nepveu. With the château nearing completion, François showed off his enormous symbol of wealth and power by hosting his old archnemesis, Emperor Charles V at Chambord.In 1792, some of the furnishings were sold and timber removed. For a time the building was left abandoned, though in the 19th century some attempts were made at restoration. During the Second World War art works from the collections of the Louvre and Compiègne were moved to Château de Chambord. Now open to the public, in 2007 the château received 700,000 visitors.Châteaux in the 16th-century departed from castle architecture;while they were off-shoots of castles, with features commonly associated with them, they did not have serious defences. Extensive gardens and water features, such as a moat, were common amongst châteaux from this period. Chambord is no exception to this pattern. The layout is reminiscent of a typical castle with a keep, corner towers, and defended by a moat.Built in Renaissance style, the internal layout is an early example of the French and Italian style of grouping rooms into self-contained suites, a departure from the medieval style of corridor rooms.The massive château is composed of a central keep with four immense bastion towers at the corners. The keep also forms part of the front wall of a larger compound with two more large towers. Bases for a possible further two towers are found at the rear, but these were never developed, and remain the same height as the wall. The château features 440 rooms, 282 fireplaces, and 84 staircases. Four rectangular vaulted hallways on each floor form a cross-shape..Who designed Château Chambord is a matter of controversy. The original design of the Château de Chambord is attributed, though with several doubts, to Domenico da Cortona, whose wooden model for the design survived long enough to be drawn by André Félibien in the 17th century. Some authors, though, claim that the French Renaissance architect Philibert Delorme had a considerable role in the Château's design. In 1913 Marcel Reymond suggested that Leonardo da Vinci, a guest of François at Clos Lucé near Amboise, was responsible for the original design, which reflects Leonardo's plans for a château at Romorantin for the King's mother, and his interests in central planning and double helical staircases; the discussion has not yet concluded. Regardless of who designed the château, on 6 September 1519 François Pombriant was ordered to begin construction of Château Chambord. The work was interrupted by the Italian War of 1521–1526, and work was slowed by dwindling royal funds and difficulties in laying the structure's foundations. By 1524, the walls were barely above ground level. Building resumed in September 1526, at which point 1,800 workers were employed building the château. At the time of the death of King François I in 1547, the work had cost 444,070 livres. The château was built to act as a hunting lodge for King François I, however the king spent barely seven weeks there in total, comprising short hunting visits. As the château had been constructed with the purpose of short stays, it was actually not practical to live there on a longer-term basis. The massive rooms, open windows and high ceilings meant heating was impractical. Similarly, as the château was not surrounded by a village or estate, there was no immediate source of food other than game. This meant that all food had to be brought with the group, typically numbering up to 2,000 people at a time.As a result of all the above, the château was completely unfurnished during this period. All furniture, wall coverings, eating implements and so forth were brought specifically for each hunting trip, a major logistical exercise. It is for this reason that much furniture from the era was built to be disassembled to facilitate transportation. After François died of a heart attack in 1547, the château was not used for almost a century.For more than 80 years after the death of King François I, French kings abandoned the château, allowing it to fall into decay. Finally, in 1639 King Louis XIII gave it to his brother, Gaston d'Orléans, who saved the château from ruin by carrying out much restoration work. King Louis XIV had the great keep restored and furnished the royal apartments. The king then added a 1,200-horse stable, enabling him to use the château as a hunting lodge and a place to entertain a few weeks each year. Nonetheless, Louis XIV abandoned the château in 1685. From 1725 to 1733, Stanislas Leszczyński (Stanislas I), the deposed King of Poland and father-in-law of King Louis XV, lived at Chambord. In 1745, as a reward for valour, the king gave the château to Maurice de Saxe, Marshal of France who installed his military regiment there. Maurice de Saxe died in 1750 and once again the colossal château sat empty for many years.In 1792, the Revolutionary government ordered the sale of the furnishings; the wall panellings were removed and even floors were taken up and sold for the value of their timber, and, according to M de la Saussaye, the panelled doors were burned to keep the rooms warm during the sales; the empty château was left abandoned until Napoleon Bonaparte gave it to his subordinate, Louis Alexandre Berthier. The château was subsequently purchased from his widow for the infant Duke of Bordeaux, Henri Charles Dieudonné (1820–1883) who took the title Comte de Chambord. A brief attempt at restoration and occupation was made by his grandfather King Charles X (1824–1830) but in 1830 both were exiled. In Outre-Mer: A Pilgrimage Beyond the Sea, published in the 1830s, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow remarked on the dilapidation that had set in: "all is mournful and deserted. The grass has overgrown the pavement of the courtyard, and the rude sculpture upon the walls is broken and defaced". During the Franco-Prussian War (1870–1871) the château was used as a field hospital.The final attempt to make use of the colossus came from the Comte de Chambord but after the Comte died in 1883, the château was left to his sister's heirs, the titular Dukes of Parma, then resident in Austria. First left to Robert, Duke of Parma, who died in 1907 and after him, Elias, Prince of Parma. Any attempts at restoration ended with the onset of World War I in 1914. Château Chambord was confiscated as enemy property in 1915, but the family of the Duke of Parma sued to recover it, and that suit was not settled until 1932; restoration work was not begun until a few years after World War II ended in 1945. The Château and surrounding areas, some 5,440 hectares (13,400 acres; 21.0 sq mi), have belonged to the French state since 1930.In 1939, shortly before the outbreak of World War II, the art collections of the Louvre and Compiègne museums (including the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo) were stored at the Château de Chambord. An American B-24 Liberator bomber crashed onto the château lawn on 22 June 1944 The image of the château has been widely used to sell commodities from chocolate to alcohol and from porcelain to alarm clocks; combined with the various written accounts of visitors, this made Chambord one of the best known examples of France's architectural history. Château Chambord was the inspiration for the Beast's castle in the 1991 animated Disney film Beauty and the Beast. Today, Chambord is a major tourist attraction and in 2007 around 700,000 people visited the château.(wikipedia)

Le château de Chambord est un château français situé dans la commune de Chambord, le département de Loir-et-Cher et la région Centre.Construit au cœur du plus grand parc forestier clos d’Europe (environ 50 km2 ceint par un mur de 32 km de long), il s'agit du plus vaste des châteaux de la Loire. Il bénéficie d'un jardin d'agrément et d'un parc de chasse classés Monuments historiques.Le site a d'abord accueilli un château fort construit au XIVe siècle. L'origine du château actuel remonte au XVIe siècle et au règne du roi de France François Ier qui supervise son édification à partir de 1519.Le château et son domaine se sont vu octroyer plusieurs distinctions : inscription au patrimoine mondial de l'Organisation des Nations unies pour l'éducation, la science et la culture (UNESCO) en 1981 ; classement depuis 2000 dans la zone de classement de la région naturelle du Val de Loire entre Sully-sur-Loire et Chalonnes-sur-Loire ainsi que dans le réseau Natura 2000 en 2006. Il est également classé sur la première liste française de Monuments historiques en 1840, est reconnu Établissement public à caractère industriel et commercial (EPIC) depuis 2005 et constitue l'une des composantes du réseau des résidences royales européennes.(Wikipedia)

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