Friday, 26 September 2008

la photo du jour

BeynacOverWater  

Yep - I posted this picture before but it is one of my favourites. It is a great shot of Château de Beynac dominating the north bank of the Dordogne river.

Beynac Castle
The castle was built in the early 12th century by the barons of Beynac.

It was home to King Richard I of England (Richard the Lionheart). He was essentially a Frenchman who spoke very little English and spent most his life in France (the frontier of his kingdom). He lead the 3rd Crusade which ended in an agreement allowing Christian access to and presence in Jerusalem.  It seems he didn't mind a bit of rape and plunder and he left a trail of conquests all across Southern Europe. He was eventually killed by a "lucky shot" from a crossbow arrow in Châlus, France.

During the hundreds year war (1337 to 1453) the fortress was in French hands and the Dordogne river was the border between France and England.

The castle and village below have been used as locations in a number of films, including Les Visiteurs (1993), La Fille de d'Artagnan (1994), Ever After (1998), Jeanne d'Arc (1999) and Chocolat (2000).

3 comments:

  1. Wow - I just came across your blog by accident - looks like you're having an awesome time!...good for you...
    ATB
    Fiona in Northcote

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  2. Thanks Fiona. Hope all is well back in Northcote - Take care. The Bissets.

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  3. Hi The Bissets! Almost 22 years to the day I did a tour of Europe with my mother - I still have my journals where I wrote something every day. I get them out from time to time - and still get a laugh out of them - and they jog my memory so that the experiences we had flood back almost like it was yesterday. Your blog is something that you and your children and even their children can re-visit and re-live your experiences. This is a really wonderful blog for that reason alone...
    AND you get to learn french the only way how - total immersion - lucky yous! :-)
    Northcote is good, but I LOVE Takapuna Beach - and the view of Rangitoto from many places in Auckland. There's no place like home. ;)
    ATB
    Fiona in Northcote

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