“American Hooligans Invade Château de Chenonceau”
A French pique-nique underway!
Ok, so we weren’t really that mischievious after all. The guards were closing the chateau grounds – to the public – at a certain hour early on in the evening; we planned to hide in the woods as they patrolled the property for stragglers. Later on that night, they returned to open the property to the public for a summer evening concert / laser light show.
Our plan was simple – get caught and claim that we are clueless American tourists.
Sure enough, the guards cleared the property and we had the place to ourselves for a few hours. This set the party atmosphere for our special French pique-nique.
We stayed on until dark. Actually, we couldn’t leave anyway – the gates were closed. The chateau was gorgeous at night. The French are great at arranging theatrical light shows with concerts. People came back on to the property – we were no longer alone. The music was Medieval, if my memory serves me right. The mood was really cool. Here we were ending a wonderful day of painting, chateau-hopping, and pique–niquing! And sipping a nice Chinon. It was magical and I’m sure it will be a great, life-long memory for all of us.
View Robert’s drawing of Château de Chenonceau .