It has been 7 years since we drove through France’s Loire Valley in 2009, a fantasy land of fairy-tale chateaus big and small, ranging from the magnificent Chateau Chambord, the idyllic Azay le Rideau, the decorative Chenonceau, the magnificent gardens of Villandry, the evil queen inspired Sleeping-Beauty Usse, and the Haddock residence of Cheverny.
Our younger one was just 11 months old, and our older one was barely 3 – making this quite a rushed and inconvenient, yet a memorable 3 days in the valley.
There was barely any slowing down and taking a breather. No golden hours, no blue hours, no early morning strolls, no dusk or night photographs, no plopping of tripods for a photo, a not so spectacular Canon 50D with f/3,5 lenses – all meant that I didn’t gather much in terms of memorable landscapes. Rummaging through the bin, these are a pathetic few I could muster up. Time to go again.