Chateau de Villandry may be one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. Located in the Loire Valley of France — along with a number of other Chateaux worth visiting in the area — this chateau has a working kitchen garden, a water garden, an ornamental garden, and a maze, just to name a few of the outdoor sites.
In fact, when my wife and I visited the Chateau de Villandry as a part of a paid tour, I never stepped foot in the actual chateau. I was too enamored with the gardens and busy taking photos. With limited time there, I focused what I knew would keep me captivated for our whole (short) visit there.