Château of Azay-le-Rideau sits very pretty on an island in the middle of the Indre river in the Loire valley. There was another castle here in the 12th century, but it was burned to the ground by Charles the VII of France in the 15th century. After this event the town was called " Azay-le-Brûlé" (Azay the Burnt) until the 18th century. The current castle was started in the 16th century, but, like many castles, was not really completed until hundreds of years later. There's always one more turret that needs to be added.
Hella stopped at Azay-le-Rideau on here way back from a trip to the French Atlantic. There were traveling in a "caravan," which is what we in this part of the US call a "camping trailer,"and the campground was adjacent to the castle. Hella attached the entrance ticket to the castle to the back of this postcard, and notes she remembers the visit very well. It was the same day that Diana, Princess of Wales, was killed in an automobile accident in Paris, 16 years ago today.