We had a good stretch of the most incredible weather, from about mid-October and well into mid-November. The days were sunny and warm, even reaching the low-twenties a lot of the time! It was amazing, and we took full advantage of the great weekends by exploring more of our surroundings here in the heart of the Loire Valley.
We visited the Château de Langeais on one such beautiful Sunday afternoon. Another gorgeous 15th century château (are you tired of seeing these yet?) full of more tapestries and carved wood furniture, intricate tile work and ornate decor.
Speaking of the kids, they are admittedly getting a little bored with all the châteaux. They fail to see the charming differences after the first half dozen or so that we’ve toured…Thankfully most of them are surrounded by amazing grounds, often with fun things like labyrinths, forests, gardens, and little playgrounds. Langeais held a hidden gem amongst the grounds of towering sequoias and cedars — a huge 6-storey treehouse perfect for whiling away the afternoon. While they played happily, Derek and I enjoyed the view and sat in the hot sunshine, soaking up the rays in early November!
Langeais is also the site of another of Foulques Nerra‘s 10th century keeps. The ruins are settled on the hill behind the Château. On the back side, there is a really cool replica of the wood scaffolding and tools that would have been used by builders in those times. We were able to walk up right to the top, and got a great view of the town below from the windows of the old keep.
The other really cool part of the Château de Langeais was that we had access to the parapet walk around the whole upper perimeter of the château. The kids loved running around and around. The walls are covered with names and dates, sometimes all the way back several hundred years! There was a little wall at the end, provided for people to add their own names.
We ended our Château tour with a quick stop at the local pub across the street. What better way to spend a hot sunny November afternoon than with a cold beer and ice cream? I am still totally enamoured with all the old painted signs on stone walls, gorgeous doors and shuttered windows. I don’t think I’ll ever get enough! Bière? Don’t mind if we do…