While I was wandering around the grounds and inside the palace at Château de Chaumont it was easy to see why and how fairy tales exist. How could stories like that not be created when places like this exist!?!?!
One thing I find interesting is how places like Château de Chaumont make sure to let people know that the structure is not a castle. In America I've often heard the word castle used when apparently the structure is a palace, manor, estate house or as they are called in France, a château. Castles are apparently only the buildings that are the private fortified residences of a lord or noble.
All of this technical talk has me wondering if Cinderella's Castle at Disney World is in fact a castle, or if it should be called a palace!