weekly photo challenge: wall

March 13, 2015 at 8:13 pm 5 comments


 

for this week’s challenge, i want to share this picture of a private dining room inside the château de la bourdaisière in the commune of montlouis-sur-loire, france. i thought you might find it interesting as it’s often overlooked by visitors. the main artwork on its walls feature two fingers holding a tomato presumably in homage to its 19th century vegetable garden which grows hundreds of varieties of heirloom tomatoes.


 
at the same time, i won’t be surprised at all if it was actually inspired by a painting in another room depicting the former occupant, gabrielle d’ estrées, being pinched on the nipple by her sister in a bath.





 

château de la bourdaisière has a colorful past. it was built by king francis (1494-1547) for his mistress, marie gaudin. it later became the residence of gabrielle d’ estrées, the mistress of king henry iv (1553-1610). over the years, its ownership changed hands among people eager to have a piece of history.

it had since been converted into a hotel allowing the public to enjoy its amenities. our tour group being small had the opportunity to have dinner and stay there for one night feeling like royalty without fear of being thrown into the bastille and losing our heads.

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  • 1. Breath of Freshness  |  March 13, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    great photography, it looks like a wall hanging thats difficult to overlook. hard to imagine this grandness comes with a veggie patch, seems a mismatch ..thanks for sharing

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    • 2. plaridel  |  March 14, 2015 at 12:10 am

      breath of freshness:

      it’s a sizable patch. it has been designated a national tomato conservatory with a collection of more than 650 heirloom varieties of tomato. in addition, it’s home to an annual tomato festival in september attracting as many as 30,000 visitors.

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  • 3. Leigh W. Smith  |  March 14, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Oh, those naughty French people! 🙂 I love the vegetable garden tapestry and even the funny bath painting (and whatever’s in the background, sewing by the fireside???). What the backstory of that painting must be! You always give the greatest glimpses into other cultures and places I’ll probably never get to. Thank you, Plaridel!

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