Magnificent Proportions

"Chambord is truly royal-royal in its great scale, 
its grand air, its indifference to common considerations"
Writer, Henry James

Chambord is one of the most magnificent buildings I have ever seen. If you are planning a trip to the Loire Valley, I recommend putting this château at the top of your list. Chambord dates back to 1518 and owes it's conception to François I. Leonardo da Vinci is said to have drawn up plans that were ultimately made into a model by Le Boccador.  Many famous masters of their trade had a hand in the creations of Chambord over the centuries. The château is a masterpiece of the Renaissance period and is rich in history.  
Love, war and much more breathed thru it's walls until it was sold to the State in 1932 for 11 million francs.  Every portrait tells a story and there are plenty of them with 440 rooms to fill. I could go on and on but I will stop there and let the photos do the talking for me. It was a challenge to get it all into a single frame, both inside and out, but I had fun trying. You can read more about Château de Chambord, here.

I just couldn't resist... :)

 Magnificent Proportions.

Text reference: Châteaux of the Loire
The Green Guide by Michelin


Thank you for your words of encouragement regarding my bat story. (here)
I was heartened to hear that many are quite familiar with these
little night creatures and take them in stride. :)


  1. .. the last picture is most wonderful ... great job

  2. Oh, I love Chambord! It is such a beautiful place, and HUGE!!! The double helix staircase is a wonder! Hard to imagine what it was like to live there...I think I would have froze to death! I will say that of all the many chateaux, Chenonceau is still my favorite. I think becuase I love the romance of Diane and Henry and I love the size and charm of it!

    I hope that you are having a wonderful time! I am enjoying your photos tremendously! I am still laughing about the bats...just encountered a few myself two days ago, thankfully outside!

    Be safe, have fun! Have you purchased your wellies yet?

  3. ohhhh, I didn't get to see Chambord the last time I was in France....have added it to my list! And just once I would like to sleep on one of those grand beds and pretend I am Marie Antoinette. There was one I saw at Knole that was decorated with ostrich feather coronets - divine!

  4. What lovely photos. And what color they used! Thanks for the tour.
    best, nadia

  5. Oh, the memories! Stunning and exquisite!! What gorgeous photos...

  6. wow! oh to be a stowaway on your journeys! Great photos - the first and last images are my favorites!

  7. A long, long way from Pottery Barn, no?

  8. I've been here... just did a quick calculation and realised it was 20 years ago. Man that makes me feel old!!

  9. Magnificence in all its glory.

  10. Oh Jeanne,
    It is such a beautiful area and something not to be missed.
    It sounds as if you are really having a wonderful time in the Loire Valley. XXXX

  11. Hello Jeanne!

    Thanks so much for your kind comment! I look forward to getting to know all of your blogs...

    Happy day to you,
    - Irina

  12. I have visited Chambord and these phtographs bring back great memories

  13. Beautiful pictures. And a Henry James quote will always make me happy:-)

  14. It looks so very...French. A lovely building, both inside and out.

  15. Love the photos. The first one is just gorgeous.


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