Chateau de l’Islette

I was down in the Loire valley this weekend and only returned today, so I haven’t had any time to write about the latest Islamist massacre in London. I’ll write something tomorrow instead. Meanwhile, here are some pics of the Chateau de l’Islette, where I spent yesterday.

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9 thoughts on “Chateau de l’Islette

  1. This is where the U.S. doesn’t hold a candle to Europe. There are so many places you can go that posess such amazing sights, history, beauty, and architecture. I would love to take a weekend to see something like this. Here, we’re designating buildings constructed in the 1920s as historical sites. Yeah, right.

  2. Did you put in a bid, Tim?
    I understand the ones on the Loire are quite pricey but you can get them two a penny further south, like in the Gers.

  3. Nice shots, reflections are one of times that you don’t need to follow the rule of thirds. Its pretty hard to capture but if you can get the water completely still they become mirror like. First light and before the breeze starts up is normally the best time for that and then you need a bit of luck as well.

  4. I’m trying to persuade the world that the Crusaders who massacred people should be called Christianist. What are my chances of success?

  5. Do you get up at 5AM or does no one visit these places on public holidays?

  6. This is where the U.S. doesn’t hold a candle to Europe. There are so many places you can go that posess such amazing sights, history, beauty, and architecture. I would love to take a weekend to see something like this.

    Yup. It’s one of the reasons why I don’t think I’d want to live outside of Europe again long-term: there is so much to see and do packed into what is quite a small area. The options for a weekend away in a totally different place with different food, language, and culture are enormous. Contrast this with Calgary, for example. Where do you go for a weekend? Or Melbourne, for that matter. France is a wonderful country to drive around exploring, there is always something new to find.

    Plus, I am of the opinion that when it’s summer time, the evenings are long, and the weather is good Northern Europe is the best place to be on earth.

  7. Do you get up at 5AM or does no one visit these places on public holidays?

    Heh! No, this place isn’t one of the well-known ones, i.e. no buses full of Chinese on day-trips from Paris. Plus summer hasn’t started in earnest yet, so nowhere was that busy. There were a few people about, but not many.

  8. I understand the ones on the Loire are quite pricey but you can get them two a penny further south, like in the Gers.

    Yeah, I was discussing this with my companion. The problem is obvious, even looking at the famous chateaus: other than looking nice, they are simply not fit for modern purpose. You could buy one for next to nothing and then be looking at a few million euros in repair bills: the plumbing and wiring will be obsolete, the masonry crumbling, leaks everywhere, window frames rotted. Just look at the roof: how many people in France would have the skills to replace a chateau roof to the original specs, and what do they charge per hour? Plus you’d need to buy original slate, you couldn’t change any materials or how it looked. And once you’ve done all that, what do you use it for? I could see myself using perhaps 10-15 rooms at a push, but 40? Unless you were a millionaire with a massive family (Arabs, in other words) what would you do with a chateau, even one in A1 condition? The famous ones will survive, but the rest are simply unwanted and unneeded. It’s a shame, but there you go.

  9. I’ve been meaning to do a little tour of the Loire for years, but I have never got round to it. I really must.

    I’d recommend a tour of the Romanian Carpathians, too, if you like this kind of thing. The Chateaux there are stunning.

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