Friday, 26 September 2008

Dune du Pyla

The Biscuit Bunch are off to the beach today.. just as soon as we pick the kids up after school.  We head due west to the motorway which will take us on a dogleg up to Bordeaux before swinging back south towards the coast. 

Our destination is the famous Dune du Pyla on the Atlantic coast - here are some pictures to temp you.

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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).