Flemish Castle

Chaumont – lock with a difficult fate, whose name comes from the phrase 'hot mountain'. At that place where now stands the castle during the Middle Ages was a wooden fortress, which Pierre d'Ambuaz destroyed, and began build a castle made of stone. Chaumont was built on the banks of the Loire by three generations of a family of Amboise and perfectly preserved to this day. Castle repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt. In 1550 Chaumont Catherine de 'Medici bought the castle Catherine arrived with her astrologer , for which one of the towers was equipped with an observatory, where the queen is often consulted with Ruggiero.

According to legend, an astrologer of Queen could see the future through magic mirror. Medici apartments, decorated with Flemish tapestries have been preserved to this day. Castle Chaumont did not like the queen, so at the first opportunity she gave him her husband's mistress of Henry ii, Diane de Poitiers. By the old castle Diana reacted differently. She endured toothed parapets and in their place to set up their emblems and monograms. In the xviii century became the owner of the castle Nicolas Berthet, which destroyed the north wing of the building in order to open views of the park and the Loire.

Then the castle was sold several times and bathed, they speculated with government officials and bankers. Chaumont saved Restoration period, during which the internal facades were restored and the west wing. In 1875, the daughter of a rich man bought the castle-, Mademoiselle de Se, which was then married Prince Amadeus de Broglie. During his tenure the castle de Ce made him a luxurious residence – to restore interior of the castle, smashed a magnificent park. But in 1929 the Great Depression, and the owner of the castle was ruined. In 1938, Chaumont, and 17 hectares of adjoining territory, bought the French government. Many believe that the main sight of the castle are its stables, which contain beautiful animals, under ideal conditions. During the summer, visitors to the castle are invited to make horse riding horseback along the shady alleys of the park, in the which is growing amazingly beautiful Lebanese cedar. Chaumont Castle – a real medieval castle, which can tell us about the different periods of life Ekatiriny Medici, Cosimo Ruggiero her astrologer, Madame de Stael, Diane de Poitiers, due to genuine furniture remaining from those times, design and layout of rooms, household items, etc. With terraces Chaumont breathtaking view of the huge park and an amazing view of the river Loire.

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Gifts From The Czech Republic

Going on a trip to one country or another, we naturally think about what would be so special and distinctive to this country to bring their relatives and friends. Look at the Czech Republic. Country in the heart of Europe, famous diversity of its fauna, medieval buildings and excellent cuisine. Let us delve into this wonderful world! Economic and cultural center of the Czech Republic is, of course, Prague – a city preserved in itself a secret, attracting over and over again the endless streams of tourists and ordinary adventurers. So what makes people from all over the world come to this city? There is no doubt – this past Prague. During the Second World War ii, the historical center of Prague, was not injured, that gave us the opportunity to witness the cultural heritage of medieval Europe firsthand. But closer to the present! Their journey recommend starting with a visit to the Charles Bridge. That – that a place where you can not only enjoy the magnificent scenery of the city, but, for example, buy your own portrait, which you will draw one of the artists or purchase cd with music from playing on the rare medieval instruments (you know what a zither?) According to the Czechs themselves – “Whatever Czech – a musician.” Indeed, the history knows many of the great Czech musicians and composers. Symphonic poem by Antonin Dvorak folk music concerts by Joseph, the national opera, Bohuslav Martinu, musical impressionism – a classic music.

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