Chrystelle Laurent-Rogowski, manager of the Azay-le-Rideau castle

Chrystelle Laurent-Rogowski, manager of the Azay-le-Rideau castle Chrystelle Laurent-Rogowski, manager of the Azay-le-Rideau castle
Your first memory

The peacefulness and beauty of the village of Azay-le-Rideau, which I now call home. My first stroll down the shaded streets of this charming little town. The smiles from the people. The smell of delicious fresh bread. The elegantly decorated and bright façades, the beautiful homes and landscapes. The castle's welcoming noble paths and my first experience with the legendary hospitality in Touraine.

Name a place

The Azay-le-Rideau castle, a genuine Renaissance gem, pure and harmonious. A castle featuring a stunning blend of 16th and 19th century styles, that keeps the memory of its former owners alive. The Italian Renaissance style characterised by the amazing 16th century straight staircase and the magnificently designed main building. The taste for Renaissance fantasy, illustrated by the 19th century towers and turrets. Over the centuries, this Renaissance heritage has contributed to making Azay-le-Rideau the Loire Valley's most harmonious architectural treasure.

Name a person you have met

People and faces... Firstly, the team that welcomed me to the Azay-le-Rideau castle. A team that is very fond of the monument, open to others, in the spirit of sharing. A team with a huge heart that endeavours, day after day, to share the history of this place with as many people as possible. And then of course, the locals, known as "ridellois", business owners and craftsmen, who love their village and Touraine.

A pleasant surprise

At the Azay-le-Rideau autumn festival, when the bacchic society known as the "brotherhood of bannerets" accepted me into their ranks! This masterfully orchestrated surprise made me feel like I belonged somewhat among the ridellois people.   I was really touched by their acceptance...

Name a savour

With so much variety to choose from, how could I possibly narrow it down to one? The wines, with their wide variety of aromas and colours. Saffron, fouace, and poires tapées (dried pears). There are so many good things to eat in Touraine that it's impossible to pick just one.

A photo opportunity

The Azay-le-Rideau castle, what else? I am lucky enough to see it every day, in all kinds of lighting that give it a changing character, ranging from timid to joyful, peaceful and profound. But my favourite would be a photo of the castle on an autumn morning, when it is surrounded the warm, glowing red colours of the trees. A dream castle floating on a cloud of mist.

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