Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A Sunset Picnic at Chateau Chambord

chateau chambord, france, picnic

chateau chambord, france, lawn

chateau chambord, france, benches

chateau chambord, france

chateau chambord, france, benches


chateau chambord, france, picnic, moat, sunset

chateau chambord, france, picnic

On a warm, sunny afternoon in September (which I think is my favourite month in France) we had a picnic on the lawn of Chateau Chambord. And we were the only two living things on that entire expansive lawn; it was our very own private Disney castle sunset show for two. Throw in the elation and relief we were feeling from figuring out that wedding thing, and it was one of those travel moments I'll never forget.

Well, that's an overstatement. There are a lot of things I forget about our trips, and our day to day lives. Luckily, photos like these bring me right back. But in case that doesn't work, and since this blog acts as a record of our lives, future me, please recall:

The scratchy feeling of the grass and our makeshift picnic blanket (towel). The warmth of the sun and the cool breeze, laced with promises of autumn. The cheap red wine we bought in Nice days before, mixed with warm Coke for impromptu kalimotxo. Those sweet sundried tomatoes and salty green olives. My favourite black dress and gold shoes. Mike's short haircut and soft pink shirt. The fat birds and little planes swooping above our heads. Counting the turrets of the castle (it's asymmetrical!) and watching fish jump in the moat. Feeling warm and loved and happy and full.

Or just ask Mike. He remembers everything.

- Jess

13 comments :

  1. This seriously looks like something out of a Disney movie... completely and utterly magical :)

    This is definitely something you two won't soon be forgetting!

    xxx
    Jenna

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  2. i had to stop and say hi as i saw your comment on a home away from home...and you being in malta caught my eye! my husband and i went there last summer, we rented a farmhouse on gozo with a private pool and it was the BEST vacation...i'm so in love with malta. we live in switzerland and there are so many places we want to vacation but i just want to go back there :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! That sounds like the perfect holiday, Gozo is a really special place :)

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  3. So romantic. M is just like you.. he gets fuzzy on the details while I remember most of them

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  4. How romantic!!! That is the PERFECT spot to plan a wedding.

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  5. Wow, that castle is like a fairytale come true! I always wanted to travel through the castle district in France, so amazing! And to have a picnic right across the river? How cool is that!! :D
    Kristina x

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    1. If you're going to do it, this is certainly not one to miss!

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  6. You two are super cute! I can't imagine a lovelier, more romantic spot for a picnic than a stunning castle in France!

    p.s. love those shoes!!

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