The castle and gardens at Villandry were our first stop. Having bought our tickets at the tourist office, (per their suggestion) we chose to skip the chateau and focus on the gardens. Words don’t really do the gardens justice, (I don’t think the pictures do either), however I will say that I felt June was the perfect time of year to see them. The roses were in bloom and everything was quite lovely. We thoroughly enjoyed the views, especially from the New Belvedere, in spite of a little rain shower that passed through.
By far, these were the most extravagant gardens I’ve seen. I’m glad Villandry made the cut. It was well worth the trip.