|Plan of the castle. The view from the road is of the courtyard marked (1). It's huge. But there is a second equally huge part behind it!|
|The view of the chateau from position (1) on the plan above. It looks big. It's bigger.|
The guided tour goes through a relatively small part of this, but is still quite long, and carefully designed to start with amazing and move on to jaw-dropping.
|We start in a long corridor of paintings of Napoleon and family.|
|The rooms off the corridor are full of modest little ornaments...|
|Just a door|
|Another door like the one above (see the carved heads in side view) leads into a gallery|
|Every inch of the gallery walls and ceiling is covered with carvings, statues, and painintgs|
|and I thought the gallery ceiling was ornate...|
|I suppose this sort of thing happens when you run out of walls to decorate...|
|This is the wall at the far end of that ceiling. I suppose it does make the ceiling look relatively restrained.|
|my fascination with ceilings continues|
|If you prefer looking down, there's always an understated carpet to catch the eye|
|Ooh! A library! (We weren't allowed in, although most of us on the tour wanted in!)|
|Now getting to the more homely part : a bedroom ...|
|... and a games room|
|okay, back to ceilings|
|and the floor under that ceiling|
|if I understood correctly, this is the kitchen|
Magnifique! Absolutely stunning. Highly recommended.
But now I want to go start a revolution ... well, I'll wait until after the conference dinner, maybe...