Photographer's Note

Another castle from the Valley of the Loire. it is small but very charming, the castle itself and also the garden around and the area nearby. Unfortunately, the reflections were not as I expected.
The Château d'Azay-le-Rideau (pronounced: [azɛ lə ʁido]) is located in the town of Azay-le-Rideau in the French département of Indre-et-Loire. Built between 1518 and 1527, this château is considered one of the foremost examples of early French renaissance architecture. Set on an island in the middle of the Indre river, this picturesque château has become one of the most popular of the châteaux of the Loire valley.
The château seems to rise straight out of the waters of the river, which reflect the castle's façades so that the château appears to float in its own image. The writer Balzac, who lived nearby and was occasionally a guest at the château, deeply admired the building, describing it as 'a facetted diamond, set in the Indre'. This striking setting has helped Azay-le-Rideau to become one of the most famous of the Loire's many châteaux.

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