Monday, 9 April 2018
It has been rather quiet here on the blog, the reason being, that I have been on a tour in France and Switzerland. On our way to visit friends in Zürich, we decided to take a few days and drive via Champagne and Bourgogne in France, to do wine tasting and sightseeing. I had some literary visits planned, but unfortunately, most of the houses I wanted to visit did not open until 1 April. They will have to wait for another time.
The good thing about travelling is that I can collect yet a few bookmarks, which will be revealed during the next three Mondays. I start with two bookmarks from Chateau de Bussy-Rabutin which we visited. Very interesting castle and owner, Comte de Bussy, or as he was called Bussy-Rabutin. The castle is located in the Cote-d'Or department of Bourgogne, in eastern France. We just happened to pass by and stopped to investigate. The castle was founded in the 12th century and rebuilt in the 14th century, and the galleries (beautiful) were added in the 1520s.
The most famous inhabitant was Roger de Rabutin who was a member of the Academy during Louis XIV's reign. He was a notorious womaniser, and wrote a scandalous book about the royal court life, Histoires Amoureuses des Gaules. That publication led him directly to the Bastille where he had to spend some time and later he was exiled to his chateau. The galleries contains portraits of great characters of the time such as military men and female beauties. The rotunda with portraits of beautiful ladies is a fantastic room. Even more so, since le Comte amused himself by adding sharp comments to each portrait. One comment reads: "The most beautiful woman of her day, less renowned for her beauty than the uses she put it to."
Although my French is very primitive, I just had to buy the book that he wrote. When I was younger I read a lot about the times of the Sun King, and if I can decipher it, I presume it can be quite entertaining. A page a day maybe...?
Two bookmarks were added to my collection. One of the man himself and one of the wonderfully, painted ceiling in the rotunda. If you are in the vicinity, it is definitely worth a visit.