One of the places we visited on our day trip to the Loire Valley (during our 2011 trip to Paris) was the beautiful Chateau de Chenonceau. I really wish we would have had more time there and that it hadn't been so crowded. If I ever get the chance to go back, I think I could easily spend a whole day here...
Chenonceau is probably best known as the home of Diane de Poiters, mistress of Henri II. It is beautifully decorated, much of it original to the Renaissance period.
Catherine de Medici's bedroom. Following the death of Henri II, his wife Catherine forced Diane to give her the chateau. The room is hung with tapestries which date, along with the furniture, from the sixteenth century.
The elaborately carved front door