Straight from a fairy tale...
When we were in the Touraine a couple of weeks ago (the Loire Valley), the Lone Wolf and I visited Château d'Azay-le-Rideau, which was the creation of a wealthy financier of François I, Gilles de Berthelot. It is not far from Chinon--an exceptional Renaissance château--and on the Unesco World Heritage list.
Something else to put on your France list.
---Beth Arnold in Paris