Two princesses and their fairytale in the Loire Valley
I rocked up to the huge youth hostel in Tours, which was cold and institutional. On a major plus side, I had paid for a dorm room but got a twin room all to myself. Sweet deal – privacy! Skype chats! Being as messy and loud as I wanted! Ahh thank you giant hostel 🙂
Already on the cab ride there, I could see how gorgeous the town was – even more so than Aix en Provence! The fountains, the old mansions on either side of wide boulevardes lined with towering old trees, the quaint old town with huge squares filled with al fresco seating and the smell of crepes…sigh!
Originally I had planned to bike around the Loire and see whichever chateaux I wanted – but seeing as I hadn’t ridden a bike in 10 years or so, I opted for the bus that would take me to a select few of the more famous or more grand chateaux. There are over 30 chateaux in the region, I’d go crazy trying to choose otherwise!
Glad I did, because I found myself sitting next to the gorgeous and delightful Jo, with whom I spent my entire time in the Loire, and then subsequently Paris! I was dumb enough to accidentally delete almost all my photos from the Loire (sad face!) so many of the photos below are courtesy of Jo – thanks love!
I’m no expert on French aristocracy or art or architecture, so I won’t pose as one. To follow are simply images that I feel capture our fairytale 2 days amongst turrets, spiral staircases, decadent furnishings, rich fabrics, blue skies, green grass, flowers upon flowers and hedge mazes 🙂
It wasn’t only the chateaux that kept us absorbed in our fairytale, but also the amazing gardens! Mum & dad, these go out to you :p
Ahhh so much gorgeousness. All we needed were the dresses and corsets (and big hair) and we would’ve been set. That, and to get rid of all the other tourists, hah.
Loving you Jo, glad we had the fairytale together!
Next post – Paris! Jo + the Aussie gang, picnicing, climbing endless stairs and art coming out of our ears!
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