“The chateau of Chenonceau is built upon arches across the river Cher, whose waters are made to supply the deep moat at each extremity. There is a spacious courtyard in front, from which a drawbridge conducts to the outer hall of the castle.”
— from “Outre-Mer: A Pilgrimage Beyond the Sea” 1835 by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882)
CALM, NOT RAPID If the American author of “The Song of Hiawatha” and “Evangeline” could see those arches that he wrote about in 1835 by the electric light of the 21st century as we saw them, he might agree that their beauty was intensified.
During la promenade nocturne, the rough crowd was gone, carried off in gargantuan buses. Good-bye! All that remained were Archangelo Corelli’s beautiful music floating through the gardens, the fresh, mild night air, and those perfect arches.
Pierre Bideau, who decorated the Eiffel Tower with twinkling lights for the millennium, designed the lighting for Chenonceau.
La promenade nocturne au Château de Chenonceau is one of the most magical evenings I have ever spent. I would encourage any visitor to skip the more razzle-dazzle son et luminère that are on display at other châteaux in the Loire Valley. For peace and beauty this would be my choice time and again. Consult the château’s web site for times, months, and prices for the promenade nocturne.
Dress Code: Casual
From Renaissance period to the present, a romantic walk in the gardens and the park « Les Jardins enchantés » : Shade and light with music (Corelli music).
Every week end of June.
Every day in July and August from 9.30 pm to 11.30 pm.
Adult : 5 €
Children under 7 years: free
Dress Code: Shoes for walking.