Loire valley castles

I visited many stunning castles during my recent holiday in the Loire Valley. Guess what these are called in the comments and if you’re the first to give all the right answers, you’ll win a month of free French podcasts courtesy of frenchpod101.com. Go!
Castle 1 is mainly known for its incredible vegetable garden.
Castle 2 was the home of one of Napoléon’s ministers, whose nickname was “the limping devil”.
During the Second World War, one end of Castle 3 was in the free zone and the other in the occupied zone.
Castle 4 is one of the earliest French Renaissance castles.
Castle 5 was the home of Agnès Sorel, the very first official royal mistress.

By |2016-10-18T15:49:00+00:00October 22nd, 2009|Culture|3 Comments

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I am Céline Graciet, a freelance English to French translator. Since 2003 I’ve been writing on all sorts of areas linked to translation and the life of a translator.


  1. Iwan Davies October 22, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    Great competition, Céline! Recognised all but the last of these from the pics – surprising how good my memory is seeing as it must be 20 years since I did my tour of the Loire with my parents!
    1) Villandry
    2) Valençay
    3) Chenonceau
    4) Azay le Rideau
    5) Château de Loches

  2. Ippe October 22, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    First one Villandry, great gardens but ugly interiors;
    third is Chenonceaux, so beautiful with its big hall over the river; fourth is Azay-Le-Rideau, my favourite, nice and cozy both inside and outside. If it was in Normandy instead it would be absolutely perfect 🙂 For the other two I had to google 😉 One is Valençay and the other Loches, I saw Loches only from the road and only remember its black roofs. And I visited them in 1986… wow O_O must go back to France ASAP! 🙂

  3. Linda Herbertson October 23, 2009 at 5:22 am

    beautiful pictures!

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