I had never seen, in real life (!) such large formal gardens before (we hadn’t
been seen the magnificent gardens of Versailles yet !) .. I was in awe !!
Diane de Poitiers’ garden :
Forecourt in front .. Chancellerie in background .. Diane’s garden on right ..
Catherine de’ Medici’s garden : this garden took my breath away !
Oh sooo pretty 🙂
.. back passed the Chancellerie
.. back passed the manicured lawns ..
.. back through the gateway of a pair of sphinx’s
… a quick dash down a wooded path to see the maze, located in the 70 hectare grounds, planted with 2000 yews covering more than one hectare .. (hubby waited patiently on the avenue of plane trees!)
.. no time to ‘get lost’ in Catherine de’ Medici’s maze, unfortunately 😦 would have loved to have found the centre where there is a raised gloriette and a statue of a nymph carrying Bacchus, topped with a statue of Venus all placed on top of cedar trunk
I literally ran around the maze to capture the large Caryatides ..
… a quick glance back along the avenue of plane trees ..
.. and they all lived happily ever after
Dinner at the charming Beatrice’s goat farm next 🙂 !!