The Chateau d'Usse which, as legend goes, was the castle Charles Perrault had in mind when writing the story Sleeping Beauty.
Another view of The Chateau d'Usse, from across the river.
Sunflowers just 'waking up' on a misty Loire morning.
Chateau Villandry, famous for its gardens.
Setting off on a balloon ride over the Loire countryside.
The view of a chateau from our balloon.
We took a boat ride that went up to and under the Chateau de Chenonceau.
Chateau de Chambord.
Chateau Vaux le Viacompte from the back.
One last chateau, The Palace of Fontainebleau.
July - August 2014