Paris in July 2018 hosted by Tamara at Thyme for Tea. Visit her web-site for more info. From food and Zola in my first post to culture, history and books in this one.
During a recent trip to France (Champagne and Bourgogne, heading south towards Switzerland) we happened to pass by a wonderful French château. Being a castle fanatic, it was just too good to miss. It is situated six km northeast of Alise-Sainte-Reine. In 52 BC the famous battle of Alesia took place here (although the experts are arguing about the exact place). "It was fought by the army of Julius Ceasar against a confederation of Gallic tribes united under the leadership of Vercingétorix of the Arverni. It was the last major engagement between Gauls and Romans, and is considered one of Ceasar's greatest military achievements and a classic example of siege warfare and investment. The battle of Alesia marked the end of Gallic independence in France and Belgium." (Wikipedia). There is nevertheless a museum commemorating the battle, and if you drive up to the hill overlooking the plain there is a staty of Vercingétorix, as well as a fabulous view. But, that is another matter and we were going to talk about castles.
|The man himself|
|The rotunda with portraits|
The castle if fascinating, filled with portraits of military men and admirable women. His bedroom, and the rotunda attaching it, is filled with portraits of women, lovers or friends, who knows. He had a habit though, slightly bad, one must say. He added a comment to each portrait. Maybe to remember the fair lady. One of them reads: The most beautiful woman of her day, less renowned for her beauty than the uses she put it to.”
|The Renaissance gallery|
There is a renaissance gallery filled of family portraits on one said and royals and other famous persons of the day on the other side. It is quite beautiful and fascinating to walk around among all these portraits. The surrounding park is a pleasure to walk around and you can also loose yourself in the maze. We had some difficulties in finding our way out and had to squeeze through a hole in the hedge! Luckily so, since they were closing the castle and the park.