Saturday, May 18, 2013

the Queen and her court

Every year in July and August, there are nightly performances at the château at Amboise that tell the story of the château and the kings and queens that inhabited it.  What I like about it most is that it is a production that is completely staffed by local (amateur) volunteers.  It's not high drama but it is infused with enthusiasm and joy by characters of all ages...including the school kids.  There's even a small fireworks display for the finale.

To drum up anticipation, the characters often appear on the streets of Amboise in full costume as they did this day in May.  Even though the costumes are in wonderful color, I couldn't help thinking the scene looked more authentic in black and white.


  1. Sounds a wonderful event to not only be a part of but also to watch. Do the performances bring tourists in or is it more for the locals and those in outlying areas?

  2. Oh it's definitely for the tourists but the locals also attend. It really is nice to sit outside on a summer's evening and be not only entertained but also get a history lesson.