Friday, 12 June 2020

A Visit to Chenonceau During the Covid19 Restrictions

Recently we paid a visit to the Chateau of Chenonceau, who have reopened under strict new regulations to counter Covid19.  Although we can't take travellers there at the moment, we were keen to see for ourselves how they were coping. We were not disappointed -- they've made sensible and professional changes to the visitor route and the sanitation protocol. Hand sanitizer is provided in foot operated dispensers at key locations, masks must be worn and visitors must adhere to the designated route. Staff are on hand to help, happily answering questions and directing any visitor who strays. The florists are working two days a week to continue to provide the amazing displays inside the chateau. Photographers are quickly learning that there are very low visitor numbers so they can take their dream photos from all angles without too much danger of including an unwanted body. We were able to chat extensively with our contacts at the chateau and get a feel for how its going (very well, considering, with some new things working so well they will keep them). Susan was told that she was the only guide who has been to see the new arrangements so far, which we found surprising.

New disinfectable handrail and hand sanitizer station at Chenonceau during Covid19 restrictions.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.
The new temporary disinfectable hand rail up the stairs, and a hand sanitizer station at the top.

We will keep you posted on developments and will be sure to let you know when we are able to start taking travellers to see this wonderful chateau again. To enquire about our private guided tours of chateaux, wineries, markets and more email us or use our contact form. More tour ideas can be found on the Loire Valley Time Travel website.