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Easy French Practice

Villandry Castle and Gardens – French English Bilingual Story

By Steve Oswald on March 17, 2014
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Take a virtual tour of Villandry Loire Valley Castle and its amazing garden, and practice your French with this easy French English bilingual story.

1 – The Superb Villandry Castle in the Loire Valley in France

Le Ch√Ęteau de Villandry est situ√© √† 60 kms √† l’est de Saumur et 15 kms √† l’ouest de Tours. C’est un endroit aussi unique que joli. Ce ch√Ęteau est un des derniers grands ch√Ęteaux qui ont √©t√© construits dans le Val de Loire pendant la Renaissance.

The chateau of Villandry is located 60 kilometers east of Saumur and 15 kilometers west of Tours. This is a place as unique as it is beautiful. This chateau is one of the last of the great chateaus which were constructed in the Loire Valley during the Renaissance.

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2 – The Amazing French Gardens of Villandry Castle

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Mais, ce ch√Ęteau est principalement connu pour les six jardins qui l’entourent. Au tournant du vingti√®me si√®cle, le ch√Ęteau, qui autrefois appartenait √† Joseph Bonaparte, le fr√®re de Napol√©on Bonaparte, √©tait en mauvais √©tat.

But this chateau is principally known for the six gardens that surround it. At the turn of the twentieth century, the chateau, which previously belonged to Joseph Bonaparte, the brother of Napoléon Bonaparte, was in poor condition.

En 1906, un m√©decin espagnol et sa femme am√©ricaine ont achet√© le ch√Ęteau et ils se sont d√©vou√©s enti√®rement √† sa restauration. Le ch√Ęteau et les jardins ont √©t√© restaur√©s exactement comme ils √©taient au seizi√®me si√®cle. C’est vraiment magnifique.

In 1906, a Spanish physician and his American wife bought the chateau and they devoted themselves entirely to its restoration. The chateau and the gardens have been restored exactly as they were in the sixteenth century. It is truly magnificent.

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3 – Visit The Six Stunning Gardens in Villandry

Lorsqu’on se prom√®ne √† l’int√©rieur du ch√Ęteau, et en allant d’une pi√®ce √† l’autre, on peut se faire une id√©e de la vie √† la Renaissance. Mais, c’est la splendeur des jardins qui est presque indescriptible. Chacun des six jardins pr√©sente un dessin g√©om√©trique singulier qui est vraiment merveilleux.

When one wanders through the interior of the chateau, roaming room to room, one can get an idea of Renaissance life. But it is the splendor of the gardens that is nearly indescribable. Each of the six gardens displays a different geometric pattern which is truly splendid.

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4 – The Best View of the Villandry Gardens

La meilleure vue des jardins est celle du sommet de la tour du ch√Ęteau. Cette tour √©tait le donjon d’une ancienne forteresse f√©odale qui a pr√©c√©d√© la construction du ch√Ęteau de la Renaissance. On peut atteindre le haut de la tour quand on visite le ch√Ęteau.

The best view of the gardens is from the summit of the chateau tower. This tower was the keep of a former feudal fortress which proceeded the construction of the Renaissance chateau. One can reach the top of the tower when one visits the chateau. 

En voyant les dessins √©labor√©s des jardins, on ne peut qu’imaginer le soin et le travail investi pour leur entretien.

While looking at the elaborate patterns of the gardens, one can only imagine the care and the work invested to maintain them.

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Le Minist√®re de la Culture de France leur a donn√© l’appellation de ¬ę jardin remarquable ¬Ľ. Les l√©gumes qui sont produits dans les jardins sont vendus localement. Si vous √™tes dans la r√©gion, je vous recommande fortement d’aller visiter ce ch√Ęteau inoubliable.

¬†The French Minister of Culture has given them the designation of ‚Äújardin remarquable‚ÄĚ. The vegetables which are produced in the gardens are sold locally. If you are in the region, I strongly recommend you go visit this unforgettable chateau.

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