It was drizzly (English?) and chilly this morning in Tours, and I didn’t really want to go on our class field trip to another château, but I packed my camera and went anyway. I wasn’t the only one who wanted to stay in bed; the few of us who managed to attend all groaned as we hopped on the train headed for Azay-le-Rideau.
When we arrived at the castle, though, the sudden sight of such beautiful Renaissance architecture made the trip worth it. As you can see from the photos, Azay-le-Rideau is surrounded by a small pond and lovely green lawns. Large windows and open staircases lend an airiness to the building that medieval castles just couldn’t ever figure out. No defense mechanisms here-this château is purely for pleasure.
Guided by our professor, we spent a few hours touring the castle and surrounding property, and then we were let loose to wander around the tiny village for the rest of the afternoon.
The town wasn’t much to look at, but we grabbed a snack at a patisserie and enjoyed our time away from the daily grind in Tours. Châteaux always seem like a world away from real life!