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Chateau de Villandry    

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Chateau de Villandry

Villandry, France

This UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the biggest castles in the Loire Valley, is best known for its staggering gardens, mostly planted in the early 20th century. Linden trees frame a pool, designed to mimic a Louis XV mirror, in the water garden. You’ll also find a maze of arbors surrounding a central lookout platform, as well as a landscape made up of medicinal and aromatic plants, reminiscent of gardens from the Middle Ages. This is one of the most popular chateaus in France, so arrive early to avoid the crowds.

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