Did I say that there were a lot of people? Did I mention that it was hot? It was difficult to keep up with the comprehensive audio guide, what with the Avogadro number of tourists crowding the passages between rooms. But the furnishings and decor are interesting, the history is welcome, and the personalities of the women (not just Diane and Catherine) who owned the chateau are compelling.

We come away with the feeling that the French monarchy was even more of a soap opera than the English crown (which we encountered yesterday at Fontevraud)

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