|Marie Antoinette's Bed (although she never slept here...)|
The inspiration comes in the absorption of the details and the beauty in the whole. The richness of the colors, even in their faded glory, energizes. The view from each window on the gardens, lakes and trees, calms. Life is different in these room, grounds and spaces. Every room reverberates history, echoing the stories and narrative of those who lived there and passed through.
An ordinary person entering the space might feel intimidated and awed. I guess that was the idea...
The best part was going with a French friend, wandering the maze of rooms together and hearing her take on the place. She was embarrassed though when they shooed us out 15 minutes before closing time. There they are, all the guards with their coats on, wanting to rush out the door exactly at 5PM and not a minute later. No surprise, the strikes about raising the retirement age...
It makes a richer fuller experience when I am with friends and so I am really loving hanging out with Marcy, Martine and Claude. Their English is amazing and their company full of life and love. We are having la vie du Chateau for sure!
Here are Marcy and Claude at Claude's friends' restaurant Cote and Port. Fabulous French food and truly delicious desserts. So good that we've eaten there two days in a row! If you ever come to Pithiviers be sure to have lunch or coffee here. Anne serves and her husband Stephan cooks. Tres bien!
We also took a long walk with Rhum Rasin through the village of Yevres le Chatel. This is the kind of French village that makes me want to move to France...
|Martine and Marcy in Yevres le Chatel|
|The Chapel at Yevres le Chatel|
|Street in Yevres le Chatel|