Chateau in Champigny sur Veude
Champigny sur Veude
Just 7 km north of Richelieu, there's an exquisite smaller town called Champigny sur Veude. The town itself is lovely to stroll in, but the tourist attraction is the large Renaissance chapel privately owned (but often open to the public, for a small fee), as part of a large estate. This chapel gets 2 stars in the Michelin Green Guide - an achievement - for the quality of its stained glass windows. My first weekend here was a national celebration of French "patrimoine," i.e., héritage; the château itself was also open, with a guided tour, that day. Three photos: the château, the chapel, and a view from inside a corner of one of the "salons," across the narrow moat to the "small" château also owned by the same family. I am still somewhat naive, evidently, as I was astonished that so much wealth still exists. The owners - for the last 16 years - are Americans, from Washington DC. The guide mentioned their name, but it meant nothing to me. This family frequently comes here and stays for several months of the year; the château is not open then, though the chapel is. On the day I was there, we were shown many of the private areas - generous of them, I thought.