The little castle that appears on the Disney logo is, I am convinced, Chenonceau. The château de Chenonceau has to be a Disney castle.
In the World War II, the castle marked the boundary between war zones and safe areas. People were often smuggled through the castle to the other side – the idea itself adds the element of romance and adventure I love!
We chose not to take the audio guides, but we missed nothing, simply because there was just so much to see. The castle brings to mind all the Georgetter Heyers I’ve read with its magnificent rooms and four-poster beds and all that.
The maze, in typical touristy style, is very simple. It’s impossible to get lost there, which takes a little joy out of the idea of a maze. Though the wax museum was a huge disappointment, the rest of the castle had a beautiful feel of people. It felt lived-in, with shiny copper utensils, a quaint pulley to draw provisions into the castle, cake moulds, the firewood storehouse…
One aspect of the castle cheated me, though. The Green Study. It is painted green, and I agree with that. The part that cheats me is the fact that the tourist leaflet tries very hard to convince us that the tapestry is green too. It says that the tapestry only looks like it’s blue.
I don’t know what that’s supposed to mean. If it looks like blue, it is blue. I refuse to be convinced otherwise!