|Conservation (in a jar)|
The Enchanted Forest, full of elves and topiary creatures.
|Big, giant boots|
|The Seven Dwarves|
|HUGE watering can|
400 species of scented roses have made Le Rivau "the French conservatory of fragrant roses".
As we made our way to the château, we meandered down the Perfumed Path and appreciated the subtle fragrances that wafted our way.
|Karl enters labyrinth|
|Karl, lost in labyrinth|
|Exhausted at labyrinth finish|
|The Ogre is home!|
|The Walking Forest|
Jean-Pierre Raynaud's "Red Pot" is the landmark of this flower bed.
|A wee flower pot, by Raynaud|
|The Secret Garden|
|Rapunzel, let down your golden hair|
Rapunzel's tower is surrounded by the fragrant "Love Potion Garden".
|A bit of whimsy|
|Old, but not ruined|
The Château du Rivau dates from the 13th and 15th centuries and was immortalized by the famous French writer Rabelais. It has kept both its authenticity and its refinement.
The fountain furnished the property with water and what was left over fell into the "pediluve" or small foot bath used to clean off the horses.
|Marguerite at the fountain|
|Just another hunting trophy|
|Knight in shining armour|
|I can see clearly now|
On one side of the courtyard are the Royal Renaissance stables that provided war stallions for King François I. Joan of Arc bought her war horses here before heading to Chinon to meet the Dauphin, Charles. Classified Historical Monuments, these buildings are dedicated to Rivau's equestrian past and to the world of horses.
We stopped for lunch at the "Table des fées" and had a "Salade P'tit Poucet", which is Tom Thumb's salad. It had tomatoes that were blood red and had lots of brown in them, looking like they were passed their prime. They turned out to be the sweetest and most delicious tomatoes we've ever eaten! They accompanied a mound of fresh greens, slivers of Parmesan cheese, chives, and a whole breast of roasted chicken.