National Geographic : 1923 Jul
THROUGH THE BACK DOORS OF FRANCE Photograph by Emil P. Albrecht ENTRANCE TO TIlE CHATEAU OF BLOIS The facade of the wing of Louis XII was built, in 1498-1503, of small black and red bricks. The ornamental entrance gate has a Flamboyant niche, with a modern equestrian statue of Louis XII, second husband of Anne of Brittany. His emblem, the hedgehog, surmounted by a crown, can be seen above the great arch and the small door. appeared and we fell into conversation with him. It turned out that he was someone's chef on a vacation. He had cooked, cooked, cooked, he said sullenly, and never, never did he want to look on a gridiron again; he was here to forget all that. Upon learning that we were Americans, he beamed unexpectedly, then left the room. Five minutes later we heard his voice scornfully upraised in the kitchen: "Imbeciles! Farm hands! What do you know about the culinary art? There, let me do it!"