another wonderful mansion that a museum was created in Bourges. Hotel Lallemant
On entering the courtyard, notice the magnificent façade adorned with medallions in terracotta depicting Roman emperors; It shows the keen interest that caused the antiquity and the Italy at the time of its realization. The whole building brings also a whole decorative deriving from the Italian Renaissance. Thus note the rectangular reliefs on the walls whose candelabra decoration is representative of this period.
An inclined ramp adorned with a barrel vault then allows you access to the inner court, among other characterized by a turret in Italian. Note the spiral staircase located in this passage that allows access to the floors of the building. The corps de logis has him architectural and decorative several periods of elements. Thus, compartments windows and arcades are from the 15th century. The 16th century is illustrated in the doors of the access corridors and in the frame of apertures. Also note the circular pediment, the entablature and the magnificent frescoes dating back to the 17th century.
At the interior
The different parts of the Museum welcome decorative ensembles representing the lifestyle and works of art from the 16th to the 18th century. The spiral staircase leads you in the dining room of winter you discover a series of furniture, paintings and tapestries dating from the 17th century. Note that the Museum comprises a beautiful series of paintings by the painter berruyer Jean Boucher (1575-1633). Also note the triptych of the end of the 15th century and the beautiful collection of ivories.
You then go to the lower house where furniture, paintings and various objects from the 16th and 17th centuries are exposed. Stop before the lovely seats and Office Gradin in marquetry, perfect illustration of the furniture of the time.
In the salon rouge, you find tables and furniture dating from the 17th century. In this piece, you can admire a beautiful cabinet in ebony veneer, furnished rare because there are currently only about fifteen, made in Paris in the first half of the 17th century. Locate a glass Cabinet in which a cabinet of curiosity is mentioned also in this piece.
The tour continues in the salon bleu room where a series of works by Jean Boucher as well as two tables from the era is presented Louis XIV. Also admire two female busts and the table "Saturn vanquished by love," remarkable works of the artist Simon Vouet (1590-1649). At the bottom of the piece, note the décor of floral marquetry Cabinet as well as an office of the same style. They are both from the 17th century but have been modified in the 19th. Finally, don't miss "The Virgin and the child", table of round shape attributed to the great painter Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665).
Take the stairs to access the living room Louis XV, also called upper House. In this piece, you can admire several paintings of the 18th century, including "Suzanne and one of elders" François LeMoyne (1688-1737), as well as "Family meal" of Jean-Baptiste Lambrechts (1680-died after 1731).
A called room wardrobe then allows you to discover showcases miniature furniture and objets d'art.
On the top floor, the room of toys presents a series of games and toys: dolls, dinette, puppets that will give you an overview concerning the history of the toy.
Don't miss the oratory on the floor above the inclined ramp. Looking up, you can admire the magnificent coffered ceiling. A new room dedicated to classical painting opened in October 2007. Twenty French, Italian and Nordic works from the 17th and 18th centuries are present.
another magical museum in Bourges
In the capital city of old Berry region, Bourges lies of course its museum. The collection for the origin of the museum was founded in 1834 by Claude-Denis Mater. It was housed first on a part of the Palais Jacques-Cœur ,then on the today call Hôtel d'Angleterre, rue Jacques Cœur,and later transfer from 1891 to the mansion hôtel Cujas. It is in 1912 that it finally takes the name of museum or Musée du Berry.
Consisting originally of currencies and works of art, the collection of the Musée du Berry has gradually been enriched in these disciplines, as well as in the fields of archaeology and medieval history.
It was not until 1950 that a genuine regional ethnographic background is created. Currently, the ground floor is devoted to the archaeological collections of prehistory at the end of the Gallo-Roman time. One of these rooms particularly exposes 220 Gallo-Roman stelae and decorations from the ancient Bourges. Another room brings together a collection of Egyptian funerary objects, including the mummy of Djehdor, dating from the 4th century BC. Also note the protohistoric era Etruscan bronzes, mosaics, murals, glass dishes, cooked and bronzes of the Gallo-Roman land. Another wing is devoted to the arts of Berry: a room exposes the mourners of the tomb of John, Duke of Berry among other medieval works.
There are also paintings by the painter Jean Boucher (1568-1632), known as Boucher de Bourges. On the first floor, is evoked berrichonne rural life in the 18th and 19th centuries, crafts, folk art of pottery from the Terminal, in particular the Talbot family. In a large Gallery met works by Italian, Dutch (de Witte, Knüpfer) and French painters (Simon Vouet, Mignard, Greuze), with works dating from the 15th to the 19th century. There including an array of François-Étienne Villeret representing the Cathedral of Bourges and its lively square of small characters.
A small but very nice museum which should be a must while visiting Bourges
I come here several times a year, business and then family as we gather our house wines in the area.
What can I add more to one of the most beautiful of the Loire castles, a bit of history tells us that by the year 503AD, Amboise enters our history as there the meeting of Clovis ,king of the Francs and Alaric, king of the visigoths took place. AFter periods of wars, the castle becomes part of the Counts of Anjou, then the house of Amboise-Chaumont. In 1214, the region of Touraine is taken over by king Philippe Auguste ,king of France. The family of Amboise-Chaumont becomes the lords of the region until 1431 when Louis d'Amboise is found gulity of plotting against the favorite of the king Charles VII, that is La Trémouille and Louis d'Amboise, comdame to death is finally given grace but loses the property of Château d'Amboise that is confiscated by the crown house of France.
YOu have the union and the symbol of the sword for Charles VIII and the hermine for Anne de Bretagne. As Charles VIII died without heritage, his cousin the Duke of Orleans ascend under king Louis XII and marries as well Anne de Bretagne in 1491. The Bretagne or Brittany was in personal union between it and France, the royal couple had no descendants and once Charles died in 1498 the terms of the contract obligated of Anne de Bretagne of marries Louis XII. King François 1er, the succssor of Louis Louis XII (died 1515), becomes the heritier of the dukedom as his wife Claude De France ( died 1524), daughter of Louis XII and Anne de Bretagne, and later his sons François and Henri. They intervine in the affairs of the dukedom and finally in 1532 at the majority age of duke François ,the states of the dukedom agreed to the demands of François I to regularise the testament of Claude de France in favor of her son François. The union with the kingdom is accepted with the condition to respect the priviliges of the dukedom. The edit of the union is signed August 13 of 1532 at Nantes.
And here ends my story as Brittany is united with France.
great castle very well kept of Madame de Maintenon, one of the favorites of the king Louis XIV for many years. Took care of his natural children and secretly married to him in 1683. She was given the title of Marquise de Maintenon.
She was Madame de Maintenon (born Françoise d’Aubigné ,Nov 27, 1635 at the prison of Niort and died April 15, 1719 at the royal house of Saint-Louis de Saint-Cyr-l'École. de la Maison royale de Saint-Louis.
a bit of history on the town
The history of the castle dates back to the middle ages. He was the first fortress of vassals and counties of Monfort. Many Lords followed from the 10th to the 12th century: Avesguaud (978), Gautam I (1010), Mackay and his wife Elisabeth (1107), Guillaume de Maintenon (1160), Amaury and his wife Emeline (1160-1210), Maintenon followed by several Lords Amaury Hughes.The castle itself was built in the Renaissance style from 1509 at the instigation of the owner of the premises, Jean Cottereau, Treasurer Superintendent of finances under Louis XII, and then François Ier and Henri II. At his death in 1530, he leaves legacy as well as the surrounding land in Jacques of D'angennes, Lord of Rambouillet, his son-in-law.
His son Louis of D'angennes inherits in 1562 and became baron de Maintenon.His heirs sold the property to the marquis of Villeray-D'angennes. December 27, 1674, Françoise of D'angennes wife Odet de Riantz, marquis de Villeroy, heiress of Charles François of D'angennes, sells its castle and title of Maintenon for £ 150,000 to the widow of the poet Paul Scarron, Lady Françoise d ' Aubigné who thus became marquise of Maintenon.
Therefore, the Castle expands and is embellished by great works financed by the King and becomes an almost royal castle. The Park was designed by Le Nôtre. The field of Maintenon then passed in the Noailles family following the marriage of Françoise Charlotte d ' Aubigné in the Duke of Ayen, Adrien Maurice, son of Maréchal de Noailles. King Charles X on the way to exile slept in the castle in 1830.
Maintenon was occupied by Prussian troops from 1870 to 1871.
Don't miss the Chateau Chaumont Festival of Gardens. It is great fun, even if you don't care much for gardens. Every year they choose a theme and gardeners create small gardens on that theme. Many are interactive so do take the children. Everyone prepare to have fun!
One year they had a rectangular garden with bamboo wind chimes (huge ones) suspended over the garden and as you walked through the garden, you knocked the chimes and made your own music. There was a garden with huge rubber balls (4 or 5 feet in diameter) that rolled on suspended wires. You could push them all over the garden. It was fun but it was even more fun watching the children who loved it. Once they had a water hazard where you had to walk a stone path through a pond . . . only the stones weren't stable so you could get dunked if you weren't careful. It's different every year and always great fun. The flowers are spectacular too.
End of April to mid October is when the garden festival is held.
Information for 2013:
Theme for 2013 is "Gardens of Sensations"
Gardens open April 24th to October 20th, 2013
Gardens of Light: 10.00 pm to midnight except Friday.
In the Chateau 40 panes of stained glass were installed in 2011 and another 32 in 2012
Evening visits to the Château will be from 10.00 pm to midnight.
For those too late for the Garden Festival there is a new Autumn Splendors. Rare fruits and vegetables, strange-shaped squashes and exhibitions of amazing plants will be on display in the Farmyard during autumn break.
More information in English at: Chateaux of the Loire Official Site
Chaumont is easy to visit with Cheverny and Blois . . . or do Amboise, Clos Luce and Chaumont on a day.
For bicycle touring in France, I found an incredibly useful web site . . . oddly found it from the Peugeot Open-Europe automobile lease folks. The web site lists itineraries, accomodation specifically for bicyclists, places to hire bicycles, places to repair bicycles and also package holidays for those who don’t want to do anything except bike and enjoy the scenery.
You can click on several links at this web site to get a map of the entire Loire Bicycle Route, particular itineraries, places to stay and to eat, where to get your bike repaired or tours for those who want a bit of loving care on the way.
The Logis de France chain of small, family-owned hotels also offers a bicycle option that caters to bicyclists. Logis de France web site
A monumenta cathedral housing treasures of French art even away from the public in the basement waiting for a place to show them lol!! I have been lucky to be there and help unpacked and packed these beauties with French historians and members of the Ministry of Culture of France.
A lot been said here from visitors, so will be brief, and my photos are personal so will show one.
Chartres is the dept 28 of Eure-et-Loir, located just about 80 kms from Paris. The Cathedral of Notre Dame de Chartres is a gothic marvel and the most representative, the most complete and the best preserved (most of sculptures, stained glass and dalles are of origin) even if built with Roman techniques so showing the continuaty, and the non cutoff of architecture from both gothic and roman. The first cathedral was built in the 4C and then four others have come and gone on the same site. The last one and the one we see today was completed in October 17, 1037AD !!!
There were fires after that affecting different parts of the Cathedral and all renovated. The replacement of the stained glass was completed in October 24 , 1260.
king Henri IV was the only French king consacred in this cathedral and not at Reims as custom calls it. The reason Reims and Paris were attacked by the Catholic army that was opposed to the king's Protestant religion. Eventually, he was converted and name king of France at Chartres in 1594.
The cathedral will have work done on it from now to 2O14 financed by the Min of Culture of France, but it will still be able to visit. This site show the history of it mostly in English
this one is all in French
want to know more on it,here is the city of Chartres story
and the tourist office
Cant talk about the castle without telling you Leonardo Da Vinci lived here did his works here,and died here. Buried in the chapel.
a bit of history
The story really starts with the reign of king Louis XI in 1471. The castle is offered by the king to his favorite Etienne le Loup, that noble by the king takes residence there. The place was then call the Manoir du Cloux and by 1660 it takes the name of the Chateau du Clos Lucé
The Château du Clos Lucé is purchase by king Charles VIII on July 2 1490 and it becomes residence of the kings of France that resides in nearby Chateau d'Amboise. king Charles VIII transform the fortress into an agreable chateau and had built a chapel so that his wife Anne de Bretagne could pray in it the lossesof his earlier childrens .
it is in 1516 that king François Ier invites Léonard de Vinci,on the advise of his sister Marguerite de Navarre,and the story is inside.... The death of Leonardo de Vinci on May 2 1519 turn a page i the history of the château du Clos Lucé. The castle is the property of the family Saint Bris since 1854 to today.
wonderful hotel particulier of a native son going rich, born here Jacques Coeur in 1400, name treasurer of the king, Charles VII in 1439, and given a nobility title he starts the construction of this beautiful mansion.
The wonderful western facade, raise over a gallo roman circle opposing by a great rich ornamentation that facade given to the street. The chapel is decorated with portraits of the owner,his family and the king surrounded by angels, saints, and prophets.
The palace shows all kinds of comfort such internal communication, circulation of furniture away from private life of the owners etc .
Open from september, 10:00 -11:30 and 14:00 to 17:15 ,every day and from october to december from 09:30 -11:30 and 14:00 - 16:30, every day, admission is 7,50€
info from the city in French
and from the national monument site of France
One of the great Cathedrals of France and a must to see, big ,wonderful ,and full of great museums all around it.
a bit of history, tell us that is it was around 1195AD, that Henri de Sully, archebishop of Bourges, and brother of Eudes de Sully, bishop of Paris made a donation to the chapter of the cathédrale de Bourges. This donation is the starting point for the construction of the new cathedral that was to replace the old romanesque dating from 11-12C , that was deemed too small. The Cathedrale Saint Etienne was consacrated on May 13 1324, and it rest as one of the best example of the gothic architecture.
a nice translation from the site of the Cathedral itself in English
The Cathedral is open and free everdy day from 8h30 to 19h15 in summer, and from 9h to 17h45 in winter.
more from the national monuments site of France in English
in the small village of Anet lies a wonderful castle with lots of history of France, and where Diane de Poitiers lives her last years and is still buried in the castle; a favorite of king Henri II for 20 years see introduction.
You visit the castle April 1 to October 31 every day except Tuesdays from 14h To 18h. NOvember 1 to November 30 and February 1 to March 31 only the weekends from 14h to 17h
In 1547, Diane de Poitiers, widow of Louis de Brézé, Grand Sénéchal de Normandie, starts the construction of the castle. Five years it took to do it .
In 1566,Diane de Poitiers died at Anet . According to her wishes, and to house her tomb inside, her daughter Louise de Brézé, Duchesse d'Aumale had built a funeral chapel.
In the 17C, the castle passes to the dukes de Vendôme that makes great works of renovation, such as the stair of honors built in 1680 as well as the Pavillon du Gouvernement .
In the 18C, the Duchesse du Maine, then the Duke de Penthièvre do great works of renovation and upkeep in the castle . The French revolution and the years that followed were to abandon and eliminate the work on the castle. It was confiscated, sold as national property, stone by stone put in big bags for grinding, the main body and a part of the right wing were destroyed.
From 1840, the renovation took effect again, five generations of property owners belonging to the same family have succeeded in making it grand again, and bringing back one of the jewels of French architecture .
The Château de Chenonceau is a manor house near the small village of Chenonceaux in the Loire Valley. It was built on the site of an old mill on the River Cher. The current manor was designed by the French Renaissance architect Philibert Delorme.
My VT-page about a trip to Chenonceau in August of 1995.
You can watch my 2 min 56 sec Video Chenonceau Palace and Park out of my Youtube channel.
Tours is a city in central France, the capital of the Indre-et-Loire department.
It is located on the lower reaches of the river Loire, between Orléans and the Atlantic coast. Touraine, the region around Tours, is known for its wines and for the famous Battle of Tours in 732. Tours is the largest city in the Centre region of France, although it is not the regional capital, which resides in its second-largest city of Orléans.
My VT-page about a trip to Tours in August of 1995.
You can watch my 3 min 15 sec Video Tours out of my Youtube channel.
The royal Château de Chambord at Chambord, Loir-et-Cher is one of the most recognizable châteaux in the world because of its very distinct French Renaissance architecture which blends traditional French medieval forms with classical Renaissance structures.
The building, which was never completed, was constructed by King François I. Chambord is the largest château in the Loire Valley. Today, Chambord is a major tourist attraction.
My VT-page about a trip to Chambord in August of 1995.
You can watch my 3 min 12 sec Video Chambord Palace out of my Youtube channel.
Orléans is a city in north-central France, about 130 kilometres southwest of Paris. It is the capital of the Loiret department and of the Centre region.
Orléans is located on the Loire River. Orléans belongs to the vallée de la Loire sector between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes-sur-Loire, which was in 2000 inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
My VT-page about a trip to Orleans in August of 1995.
You can watch my 0 min 59 sec Video Orleans out of my Youtube channel.
Well so far so good I guess. We just arrived last night and we have not had a chance to head into...more
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