Saturday, September 26, 2009

Our Favorites

One of our favorite chateaus was one that was actually still being lived in. Therefore, we didn't tour the inside, but had a rather interesting experience there.

It was being run as a winery by the Count who owned and lived in it. We met him and he immediately sent us into this funny cellar-like room to watch an ancient flick about the making of wine barrels. (Charley Chaplin like, but in French !)

We emerged from the 'theater', much more knowledgeable about barrels =] . He handed us a notebook with explanations about the grounds and gardens,( in English, thank heavens) which we enjoyed exploring on our own, thankyouverymuch. It was actually very charming! A pigeon-coop and chapel each in their own, almost matching, domed buildings, covered in brilliant red Virginia Creeper, wonderful gardens, and a little glass greenhouse.

Details at Nitray

We were the only ones there. That was part of the charm. {Since we have this thing about tourists, you know.}


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