disappeared and the colors did change, taking us back to the 16th century.
It was 1519 when King Francis I of France ordered the castle to be built. The architecture is French Renaissance, but Chambord is also combined with traditional French medieval shapes. It is the most well known castle in the world and the biggest in the Loire Valley. Although it took 28 years for the castle to be built, Chambord was never completed. Unlike the other castles, the design of Chambord was never intended to provide safety from enemies, instead, it was built only as a hunting lodge. It is surrounded by 13, 0000 acres of land. Francis lived in the Chateau du Amboise and the Chateau de Blois. It has been said, that the original design of Chambord was influenced by Domenico da Cortana and Leonardo da Vinci. In 1792, during the French Revolution some of the furniture was sold and during World War II some of the art collection from the Louvre was moved to Chambord. After the death of Francis, the castle was left abandoned for 80 years. In 1639, King Louis XIII gave it to his brother Gaston d’Orleans who saved the castle from complete ruin.
There was dancing, singing, and knights in shining armor. The castle came to life as 6 little girls, dressed in medieval custom, came down the double-spiral stairs as they counted all 274 steps. With 440 rooms, 284 fireplaces and 84 staircases, Chambord is the perfect place to get lost on a rainy day. After five hours of exploring Chambord, I was exhausted in a good kind of way.
On our way back to the bus, it was then that I began to realize how lucky I was. The people I get to meet , the places I get to go, and the wonderful stories I get to hear, make this adventure slightly surreal. I am falling in love with life, it is something that I cannot deny. A tear fell down my cheeks as I realized where I have been and where I am today is truly nothing short of a miracle.