Chateau de Chinon by Leslie Nicole

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The Chateau de Chinon is a very historic castle. It was once the residence of the Plantagenet King, Henri II of England, husband to Eleanor of Aquitaine and father to Richard the Lion Heart. If you saw the film “A Lion in Winter” with Peter O’Toole and Katherine Hepburn, that was supposed to take place in Chinon.

It is also where Joan of Arc came to find the French King, Charles VII and urge him to reclaim his kingdom.

Lesser known history: It’s the birthplace of my husband. Well, not the castle, but the old hospital that was at the foot of the hill on the left-hand side of the photo. We live around 30 KM from here.

The River is the Vienne, a tributary of the Loire.

Taken with a Canon 40D.


castle, france, chateau, chinon

An American photographer and designer living in France. I also create textures, brushes and templates French Kiss Collections

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  • Sue Wickham
    Sue Wickhamalmost 5 years ago

    What a wonderful photo and story. Thanks for sharing. There’s so much more of France that needs to be explored. Maybe next year!

  • Thank you, Sue. I’m heading over to check out your photo’s. :-)

    – Leslie Nicole

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawalmost 5 years ago

    Wow Leslie, this is superb. Always wanted to visit this Chateau but never achieved it. Thanks for displaying it.

  • Thanks so much, Bob. The chateau has been going through restorations as well in the past couple of years, which is great. It’s a lovely little town.

    – Leslie Nicole

  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawalmost 5 years ago

    What a beautiful image. It makes me miss France so much.

  • Thank you, Anna. xx

    – Leslie Nicole

  • Leslie Nicole
    Leslie Nicolealmost 5 years ago

    Thank you for the Feature in Castle Magic!

  • Vitta
    Vittaalmost 5 years ago

    Excellent work!!

  • Thanks, Vitta. :-)

    – Leslie Nicole

  • Richard Hamilton-Veal
    Richard Hamilt...over 4 years ago

    Lovely capture and reflections Leslie.

  • Thanks Richard.

    – Leslie Nicole

  • Karen E Camilleri
    Karen E Camilleriover 4 years ago

    This is awesome, love the soft tones & clarity to this superbly framed image! Am travelling to France later in the year and will definetly visit this beautiful region. Cheers Karen.

  • Thank you, Karen for your lovely comment.

    – Leslie Nicole

  • Carol Walker
    Carol Walkeralmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful, thanks for the description too …. we’re travelling there to visit at the end of October ;))

  • Thanks for the comment let me know if you need any advice about the region. :)

    – Leslie Nicole

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