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in the Château de Chambord Chambord  France

in the Château de Chambord

...early summer light filtering through a window in the 16th-century Chateau de Chambord. This Renaissance palace began as a hunting lodge for François I. Leonardo da Vinci may have played a role in designing part of it. Today, it's the largest chateau in the Loire valley, set in a forest preserve--an easy day-trip from Paris.

My year-in-Paris was coming to an end, and so some friends of mine took me out to visit Chambord. We spent part of the day biking around the grounds--pretty idyllic, after a cold grey spring, to be cycling through forests and meadows, with views of turrets every now and then, glimpses of some of the 365 chimneys...