March 28th, 2015

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Poem for Saturday and Château de Chambord

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There are flowers in my neighborhood! And there are lambs at the University of Maryland campus farm, though I only caught a glimpse of them while we were picking up Daniel there. I spent the morning working on a review of Deep Space Nine's penultimate episode, "The Dogs of War", before retrieving son. Then, after enjoying the gorgeous weather, flowers, and bunnies for a bit, we went to my parents' for dinner. Now we are catching up on Dig, which gets crazier as it goes on, but it's just my kind of conspiracy story (Messianic prophecy, the Temple Mount, Jesus clones, and Jason Isaacs).

The Château de Chambord was built for Francis I as a hunting lodge with decorative moat, though it proved impossible to heat properly even with fireplaces connected to the more than 350 chimneys that make its silhouette so memorable. Leonardo da Vinci designed the double helix staircase and likely worked on the building architecture as well. The red and blue bedroom was furnished for Louis XIV. During World War II, the contents of the Louvre, including the Mona Lisa, were stored at Chambord for safekeeping. Despite all the chimneys, it proved impossible to heat the 400+ rooms in the winter!


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