Photographer's Note

This is one of the French chateau that gets top billing in any guide to the Loire Valley, Chenonceau. It certainly lives up to it's reputation, being beautiful both inside and out. I won't go into the details of the history as it is well known and easily available. One of the difficulties in photographing a subject like this is to try and show it in a way different from the millions of other photos of it taken each year. The normal view of this chateau shows the famous arches crossing the River Cher, and while that is impressive and unique, the view as you approach the building from the main entrance to the grounds (shown here) is impressive also. The building is surrounded by a large set of formal gardens, which are separated from the building by a moat which is crossed by the bridge in the foreground. The famous arches are directly behind the building in this shot, and only become apparent when you go around to view from the side. This must have appeared as an incredible revalation to vistors hundreds of years ago, who had not seen photos of the place as the modern visitor has. The crowds here are large, but the attention is justified and it is well worth visiting, despite the crush. I had to wait quite a while to get this shot near closing time with so few people in the frame. The title is a joke, as this is one of the most visited places in France!

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Additional Photos by Alvin Brown (Cormac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 61 N: 5828] (26565)
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