Eye Candy: Some Lovely Holiday Images of Loire Valley Châteaux…Because

As the 2020 holiday season commences with surging coronavirus numbers, it’s become eminently clear we’re not traveling to Europe any time soon. This is especially disheartening, as December trips to the Continent had become a particular sort of therapy for us, a way to wind down from eleven months of the pressures and stresses that come with trying to keep up in an ever more fracturing media business.

Since there it little joy in wallowing, however, we thought we would do the only reasonable thing, and have some of our favorite Loire Valley Châteaux share images of Christmas’ recent. Sadly, some of them have had to shut down while we all wait out the pandemic, making this often soul-crushing human existence just that little bit less glorious. But seeing them decked in all their holiday frippery and finery very much gives us something to hope for, as we move towards such an uncertain 2021.

Represented here are some of France’s most prodigious architectural icons: Château de Chinon, The Royal Château de Blois, Château d’Azay-le-Rideau, Château de Chambord and Château Royal d’Amboise. Their majestic halls and grand courtyards are each year dazzled by the “royal” decorators, making them amongst the most festive destinations in all of Europa. (It also reminds of just how much money those inner-circle aristos actually had.)

Earlier this year we actually reported on a luxe new floating, socially-distanced suite at Chambord—and perhaps that will inspire more such hospitality creativity as we possibly return to intercontinental travel by the spring. And the Loire, as much as any other destination, sounds like the perfect first coming-out-from-quarantine outing, with its ethereal vineyards, rapturous cuisine, and grandiose historical architecture. (For additional info on the region click here.)

We hope to see you there, of course. But in the meanwhile, joyeux Noël!

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