2 Hours South of Paris lies Chateau de Chombard, the largest chateau in the Loire Valley which was built by King Francois I as his “hunting lodge”. It is a work of extreme beauty that attracts throngs of people from all over the world. Having been built in the 16th century the castle combines traditional medieval forms and classic renaissance architecture. Rumour has it that the chateau was designed by Leonardo da Vinci but the architect remains unknown until this day.( I’d like to believe the romantic notion that da Vinci really did design the castle but each to their own.) We travelled by coach from Paris to reach the Loire Valley, on one of the hottest days of summer but I really was impressed by the grandeur of the castle and felt extremely humbled to be seeing this historical part of the French Renaissance with my own eyes. The sheer happiness on my face is due to the fact that my camera battery was 5 minutes away from dying. Nevertheless, not many people can describe the feeling of seeing the French Chateau from their “History of Architecture” books in real life, nor can they describe what it was like to have their skin drink European sunlight while sitting under the trees of the French woodlands contemplating life’s complexities .(Complexities such as “Am I really here?”.) And for that I am truly grateful.