Sunday, July 29, 2012

A Quick Trip to Some Less-Well-Known Châteaux in the Loire Valley

At Prieuré de Saint Cosmes, 16th century poet Ronsard is buried and many roses are grown.

A rose named Jacque Prévert: the poet who wrote the screenplay for Les Enfants du Paradis

Ronsard's tomb.

Panorama of the priory

The Château d'Azay-le-Rideau is spectacular but ...

... in its own way, the public housing for low-income families in the village is pretty memorable.

The Duke and Duchess of Windsor (formerly King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson) were married at the Chateau de Camdé in the Loire Valley of France. Several bits of memorabilia are not on display there.

A reproduction of the dress Wallis Simpson wore when she married the Duke of Windsor.

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Some of the wardrobe of Wallis Simpson (the Duchess of Windsor) is on display, including her Roger Vivier shoes.

The bathroom of French-American industrialist Charles Bedaux, who owned the Château de Candé when the Windsors stayed there waiting to hear that George VI was crowned and Wallis was divorced.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Under the Pont Alexandre III, Paris, France

A golden salamander looking at Pont Alexandre III

Sleeping rough beneath the Pont Alexandre III

Selling locks for lovers on the Pont de Solferino

Bateaux Parisiens passing the peniches near the Pont Alexandre III

In the Tuileries and on the Grande Roue this afternoon