Our final stop on our French roadtrip was Chateau du Chambord.
In 1518, François I created this weekend hunting retreat that took 1,800 workmen 15 years to complete. Because hunters could see best after all the autumn leaves fell, this was a winter palace (which explains all those fireplaces!)
The second floor is crowned by a gorgeous coffered ceiling. This floor was a series of ballrooms that used to host post-hunt soirees.
From a distance, the roof with its frilly forest of stone towers give the massive chateau a deceptive lightness.
The rear facade of the estate.
Don't mind the scaffolding... Did I or did I not have a little meltdown when we arrived...