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Azay Le Rideau is one of the destinations on the ‘Châteaux of the Loire’ cycling holiday and is a stunningly beautiful medieval town on the banks of the Indre river, a tributary to the Loire. The centrepiece of the town is the château which is situated on an island on the river Indre, so is surrounded by the water on all sides, which gives the impression that the building is floating on a mirror.
The château is a masterpiece of 16th Century architecture and is surrounded by 19th century gardens. Inside the château each of the 3 floors are in the style of a different period of the château’s 500-year-old history and the visit booklet and audio guides were a useful accompaniment to our tour. The grounds were beautiful and are based on 19th century English gardens and contain some magnificent trees, some well over 100 years old.
We were there on a lovely sunny day and spent a long-time meandering around the gardens listening to the birds and marvelling at the display of irises and the height of the sequoias and cedar trees. We rounded off our trip with a well-earned cup of tea at the château’s restaurant - well we were in an English garden after all!
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