Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire hovering above its support village and the Loire River.
Château Chaumont-sur-Loire Garden Festival
This château is very easy to reach from the central Loire Valley and has a lovely fairy-tale appearance but the bugcrew did not enter the castle itself, suspecting that – like other chateaux with specialities – the alternatives would be of minor interest.
We were focused on the gardens and particularly the section hosting the apparently unhinged International Garden Festival, le Festival International des Jardins, that runs annually from the end of April to mid-October.
The tea garden.
Newly-marrieds enjoying the Smashed-Mirror Garden.
Is it just me or are those chairs wafting on water?
A spooky installation.
A permanent water glade installation in the Chaumont gardens.
The bugcrew recovering from a long, hot day at Chaumont Festival International des Jardins.
A little history…
The Château de Chaumont (as it’s also known) was founded in the 10th century by the Count of Blois. It’s located in Loir-et-Cher, central France. Destroyed once under orders from king Louis XI, it was rebuilt in the 15th century. Protected as a monument historique since 1840, the château was given to the state of France in 1938 and is now a museum open to the public. More from Wikipedia