Are you still looking for an exclusive gift for your loved one for Valentine’s Year? Luxury Defined – the online magazine of the Christie’s International Real Estate – presents five fairy-tale French castles as possible presents and writes about them: «Once upon a time, in a faraway place, the castle gates swung wide. Then noble knights and princes rode out to quest for damsels in distress—until, perhaps, a fire-breathing dragon or an enchanted wood got in the way. Such was courting way back when, long before Valentine’s hearts and flowers, in days of yore and lore.
It was Charles Perrault, French poet, writer, and storyteller, who transformed those ancient folk tales into the beloved literary tradition we call the fairy tale. His classic anthology, Stories or Tales from Times Past, with Morals, or Tales of Mother Goose (Contes de ma mère l’oye), as it is commonly known, was written long, long ago … in 1697.
Among the eight simple stories therein is one of the fairest of them all, “Sleeping Beauty in the Wood”. At the center of that kingdom, like so many classic fairy tales, is a castle. Legend has it that Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant was modeled on Le Château d’Ussé, in France’s Loire Valley.»
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