South of Paris

June 1 and 2: A Tale of Two Castles
From our recent experience, we have found that there can be a huge difference between a small castle and a large one—besides the size and the ambience. At Anet, the only way that we could see the inside of the small castle was through a guided tour. The docent, who spoke only French, led us and a few other couples (they were French as well) into an antechamber. As she was jabbering away—with my rusty French, I could barely make out any of her rushed words--my wife and I began to gawk at the antiquities. But not for long. The docent abruptly unlocked a door and ushered us into another room where she allowed us to spend a minute or two, then shooed us out of the chamber, locked it, and took us to another room. She continued this routine for the rest of the tour. We had no time to appreciate the luxurious surroundings—we were on someone else’s timetable.
On the other hand, at Chambord, site of the largest castle in France, my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. There was no docent to hurry us along. Instead, we had an audio cassette in impeccably enunciated English that detailed the history and idiosyncrasies of each of the chambers. And we could spend as much time as we liked. We paced ourselves accordingly—without any arbitrary schedule. My wife and I didn’t have to be huddled together in a tour group; in fact, we didn’t even have to be together—as long as we didn’t lose each other in the mammoth castle (our cell phones didn’t work oversees, a disadvantage that we are getting used to bit by bit).

Slideshow | Invite
2 house
1
2 house
161 views
 
3
2
3
277 views/1 сomments
1 house
3
1 house
156 views
 
4 out and about
4
4 out and about
132 views
 
5 deer
5
5 deer
114 views
 
6 wondering
6
6 wondering
128 views
 
8 just a town
7
8 just a town
113 views
 
7 wondering
8
7 wondering
99 views
 
9 back yard
9
9 back yard
104 views
 
France June 3 001
10
France June 3 001
102 views
 
France June 3 002
11
France June 3 002
63 views
 
France June 3 003
12
France June 3 003
67 views
 
France June 3 004
13
France June 3 004
68 views
 
France June 3 005
14
France June 3 005
57 views
 
France June 3 006
15
France June 3 006
68 views
 
France June 3 007
16
France June 3 007
63 views
 
France June 3 008
17
France June 3 008
51 views
 
France June 3 009
18
France June 3 009
48 views
 
France June 3 010
19
France June 3 010
51 views
 
France June 3 011
20
France June 3 011
62 views
 
France June 3 012
21
France June 3 012
57 views
 
France June 3 013
22
France June 3 013
55 views
 
France June 3 013s
23
France June 3 013s
58 views
 
France June 3 014
24
France June 3 014
62 views
 
France June 3 01511
25
France June 3 01511
51 views
 
France June 3 015
26
France June 3 015
59 views
 
France June 3 016
27
France June 3 016
54 views
 
France June 3 017
28
France June 3 017
49 views
 
France June 3 018
29
France June 3 018
51 views
 
France June 3 019
30
France June 3 019
50 views
 
France June 3 020
31
France June 3 020
48 views
 
France June 3 021
32
France June 3 021
61 views
 
France June 3 022
33
France June 3 022
51 views
 
France June 3 023
34
France June 3 023
48 views
 
France June 3 024
35
France June 3 024
50 views
 
France June 3 024s
36
France June 3 024s
56 views
 
France June 3 025
37
France June 3 025
49 views
 
France June 3 026
38
France June 3 026
66 views
 
France June 3 027
39
France June 3 027
53 views
 
France June 3 028
40
France June 3 028
58 views
 
France June 3 030
41
France June 3 030
52 views
 
France June 3 042
42
France June 3 042
47 views
 
France June 3 043
43
France June 3 043
57 views
 
France June 3 044
44
France June 3 044
62 views
 
France June 3 044s
45
France June 3 044s
55 views
 
France June 3 045
46
France June 3 045
60 views
 
France June 3 047
47
France June 3 047
55 views
 
France June 3 048
48
France June 3 048
58 views
 
France June 3 041
49
France June 3 041
57 views
 
France June 3 031
50
France June 3 031
49 views
 
France June 3 032
51
France June 3 032
51 views
 
France June 3 033
52
France June 3 033
50 views
 
France June 3 034
53
France June 3 034
60 views
 
France June 3 035
54
France June 3 035
51 views
 
France June 3 036
55
France June 3 036
53 views
 
France June 3 037
56
France June 3 037
46 views
 
France June 3 038
57
France June 3 038
49 views
 
France June 3 039
58
France June 3 039
66 views
 
France June 3 040
59
France June 3 040
51 views