After visiting some relatives, I wanted to go out and move about. I wanted to see more things! so we went on a little ride, just driving from town to town along the beautiful countryside. All the vineyards have withered and died but I imagined how wonderful they must look in summer in the evening light.
As we drove from one town to another, we stumbled upon this magnificent castle called Chateau Brissac. The great thing about the loire valley is that there are many old castles or mansions and they are often made public and maintained by either the government or the owners themselves.
The gates of Chateau Brissac.
The castle was built on immense grounds, as far as the eye could see (in the evening light). We found the castle just before the sunset and I tried to snap as many pictures before the light became terrible for me to shoot anything.
This shot was blurred but I found it still very beautiful somehow.
So just a stroll down from the castle there is a huge mansion, I suppose its used for recreation, events and weddings. I thought to myself its quite a wonderful place to do a wedding. The mansion itself its huge, just a sight to see. In Singapore, you rarely see any housing that huge and on a grounds so empty and beautiful! Singapore is just too lack of space to find something like that.
(Though its possible to find them, those old colonial houses but they are never as huge)
Apparently theres a dungeon.
What’s special about Brissac is that it seems this chateau has been through a lot. From a far it seems fairly normal but as you walk closer you notice, the different parts of the chateau is different. It turns out, Chateau Brissac was built and rebuilt in different eras and time periods, hence its interesting mix of architectural design.
As you can see above the towers were build first (Older tiles and basic construction) and the walls and windows are build later which more intricate designs.
The last of the evening light left and I wished I had more time to walk around. France is just filled with undiscovered jewels waiting for you to discover. I’m glad I found Chateau Brissac just before heading back home to Singap