Photographer's Note

This chateau was built in the 16th century right on the borders of the Loire, mixing a military and Renaissance architecture.
The level of the river used to go up to its walls but has gone down tremendously now , partly because of the dredging of the sand in the river bed.
They used to dredge the sand, in order to try and make the river more navigable; but it proved to be useless, as the sandbanks kept coming back and it was also bad for the natural ecology of the river.
So, as we were sailing down, a small boat had to navigate alongside our bigger boat, in order to sound the depths and prevent us from getting stuck in sandbanks.
In fact, we ran into them at several points, but our captain managed to reverse and get back into the right channel.
I am also adding some WS: one of the chateau from a different POV, one of the calcareous cliff, with troglodytes dwellings dug into it, and one of the boat we were in.
On people's advice, I added a few PP.

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Additional Photos by MarieLouise Davies (maloutim) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 332 N: 3192] (10619)
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