|Portrait of Louis XIV by Rigaud at Château de Chenonceau|
While Louis didn't exactly arrive at Château de Chenonceau carrying a gift wrapped portrait of himself under his arm, he did give it to his uncle, the Duke of Vendôme, a few years later in memory of his visit to the castle on July 14, 1650. The extraordinary wooden frame is carved out of four enormous pieces of wood. I don't know why, but I particularly like the lion paws at the bottom.
And what better song to go with King Louis XIV than "C'est Moi" from Camelot? It's one of the first movies that I introduced Stéphane to shortly after we were married when he pretended not to understand what I meant when I said that he was acting like Sir Lancelot. Ahh, the joys of an intercultural marriage!
...But where in the world
Is there in the world
A man so extraordinaire?
C'est moi! C'est moi, I'm forced to admit.
'Tis I, I humbly reply.
That mortal who
These marvels can do,
C'est moi, c'est moi, 'tis I....
Curious to know if the footage of Sir Lancelot's castle was shot in the Loire Valley, I discovered that the filmakers used Alcazar de Segovia. I guess it was less expensive to film in Spain than in France.