Chateau de Chenonceau
16th Century Royal Palace, France
France is filled with grandiose chateaus from former centuries
that could be great houses, castles, or palaces.  If you were
important, you had your own chateau.  Chenonceau, from the
16th century, is famous because it was built directly on the
River Cher, and was controlled or resided in by a number of
powerful women, including five French queens.    
Every palace must display fantastic gardens, but the unique
river location of Chenonceau adds a special touch.
Despite Chenonceau's association with women,
France was ruled by Kings.  Inside the palace,
this most impressive picture and frame
displays Louis XIV, the mighty monarch,
known as the Sun King, who built Versailles.
Chenonceau's reflection in the river from the opposite side.
If you have a high speed internet connection, watch the
Intrepid Berkeley Explorer's 2004 video of France by
clicking on
Napoleon Slept Here
There also is the longer 1990 film, in which Paris follows
Berlin and Paris