Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Rochechouart - France. Dreaming of France.

Another amazing trip out with
Diane and Nigel.
As I said before they took me to fabulous places, so much to see
and do. 
Rochechouart is a commune in the Haute-Vienne department
in the Limousin region in west-central France.
Rochechouart  lies in a meteor crater, formed about 214 million years. 6 billion tonnes, 1.5km in diameter, 20km/s. These are the impressive data of the meteorite fallen 4km next to what is today Rochechouart. Nowadays, the town points out this fact and uses it to develop its tourism and its cultural aspect.
Diane particularly wanted to visit the museum, unfortunately it was closed
due to school visits!! Here you would be able to understand more about the Meteorite.

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Church Saint-Sauveur.
This roman style church dates from the 11th century although the clocktower was not added until the 15th century. Of particular interest is the spire, added in the 18th century and a twisting octagonal design that is very unusual. Apparently there are over a hundred twisted spires in Europe.

We had a walk around the town

Then to the Chateau, which since 1985 is the Museum of Contemporary art where one can admire the works of Dadaist artist, Raoul Hausmann, and works of international artists from the 1960s to today, such as Giuseppe Penone,
Arte Povera, Christian Boltanski or Tony Cragg.

Fabulous countryside surrounding this town..

The Chateau and the grounds.

Cannot find any information on this wonderful tree statue,
but it is known as
The Lady around The Tree.

Love to see this ...  game of Boules or Petaque

I hope you have enjoyed this little tour, I have more to come, I have to remember it all and it was back in May.!!!
I am sure you will love my pictures though!!
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Saturday, 29 November 2014

Still in France - Chateau du Puyguilhem...

is the Chateau we were looking for ..
so after visiting ..
we found it..!!


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Built in the 16th century (on the site of an earlier castle) Puyguilhem is a fine Renaissance castle, and is more typical in style of the castles in the Loire Valley than the Dordogne region .

The round tower that dominates the left side of the front is influenced by earlier medieval defensive castles.

 Unfortunately  the lake that was once stretched out in front to the Chateau has disappeared,


And who knows what this is??
It is a bed warmer!! I have linked it so you
can read more.  There is even a photo on this
page of this actual bed warmer ,
 of course taken at the Chateau.

Have you ever seen a tapestry like this ??
18th Century and with such fine detail.
Very beautiful cabinet

Very unusual chair! To sit on it you had to put your legs through
the back of the chair facing the other way !!

 Fabulous artwork , all the hard work of the carving.

Of course there is a lot more history than I can tell you ,
but if you are ever in the area , do go and visit.