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Inspired by the past

If there is such thing as vacation blues, I am sure I have them.   Since I came back from Europe a week ago I have not been able to stop missing it. It is wonderful to be able to travel with the people one most love. The ones that make life bigger and better no matter where we are and what we are doing. This was the case in my last vacation with  my four sons and husband as we took as many trains, walked as many miles and flew as many hours as needed  and visited places that inspired us. Places that made us gasp  with admiration.

Yes, many times we were tired of rolling along with our suitcases, but the moments of joy, enjoyment and love were worth the effort and I feel fortunate .

One of the places we visited was the castle of Chenoceaux in France.  Chenonceaux  is one of  many castle in the valley of Indre-et-Loire in northwestern France,  and has been standing since 1513! Not only it’s architecture is breath-taking  (it was built crossing Cher River)  but also it’s art, furnishings, gardens and believe it or not kitchens.

With a clever distribution the kitchens managed to have three large chimneys, a humongous stove, a poultry and meat roster, two medieval water pumps and a strategic position for easy transportation of  supplies from riverboats for stocking.

Who ever planned this kitchen knew what they were doing. The clever distribution is worth the time! With a large butcher room with wooden block tables,  wonderful copper skillet, pot and molds,  grain baskets, garlic and pepper reeds and old-time wooden tables one can only be  transported to medieval times, and can’t help to admire the people who built this wonderful place that make sense not only for its beauty and detail but also because it screams dignity and pride.

Bread oven

Photography by Pauline Stevens shop @ Red Bird’s House

11 comments on “Inspired by the past

  1. Jenny Stevens
    June 20, 2012

    Chiri, me encanto. Hope you have many other trips as this one.
    Love you

    • Pauline Stevens
      June 20, 2012

      Hmmm…I really hope so. Remember how great it was to travel with mom and dad?

  2. Thien Gretchen
    June 22, 2012

    Lovely, Pauline. Very lovely.

  3. Pauline Stevens
    June 22, 2012

    Thanks Thien. I have been following the harvest through your blog. Next time I’ll be there!

  4. Josie Stevens
    June 22, 2012

    Great blog! Beautifull kitchen and excellent pictures.

    • Pauline Stevens
      June 22, 2012

      Thanks sis. I love u.

  5. Tammy
    June 25, 2012

    Beautiful! Write down all the best places so I can go when I finally get to visit!

    • Pauline Stevens
      June 25, 2012

      Absolutely! You will love it.

  6. chezus1
    July 6, 2012

    Loved following your trip to Europe via Instagram. Isn’t Chenoceaux wonderful? We were there a few years ago and really enjoyed our morning wandering the grounds. The Loire Valley holds such a special space in our hearts. Thank you for sharing this …

    • Pauline Stevens
      July 6, 2012

      Built with so much pride! I also loved it. My kids gasped when they saw it! Thank you for visiting Denise…Hugs.

  7. Sandra Antimo
    July 17, 2012

    Que gran oportunidad el poder viajar con los tuyos y traernos recuerdos tan bonitos como solo tu lo sabes hacer, felicidades Amiga linda!

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