The fairytale chateau of Chenonceau on the Loire, which, unusually, belonged to a series of women, including Diane de Poitiers, mistress of Henry II, and his vengeful widow, Catherine de Medici, who evicted her.
Zoe, me, Irene and Roy outside Chenonceau
Apparently, the female owners would walk up and down this gallery with fantastic views of the river and gardens for exercise and contemplation.
Looking upwards in Chenonceau
Impossibly ornate Notre Dame
Bois des Moutiers, Varengeville, Normandy
A house designed by Lutyens. Gardens designed by Gertrude Jekyll. An Arts and Crafts house. We spent a happy day in the gardens.
Étretat, scenes which inspired Monet. The Alabaster Coast.
Parc du Marquenterre, We spent a golden day in this bird sanctuary on the Somme.