|Moss has taken over the crumbled towers|
Cees is the senior tourist and he pours over the pages of the newspaper (aka Le Journals de Saône et Loire) and spends hours trawling the internet to find out exactly what is going on. Priority is given to places that are rarely open and a couple of days before the Saturday, a proposed visit plan is presented to the junior tourist. She then scrutinises, criticises and adjusts the programme and we come up with our final plan of attack.
|The largest part of Lournand castle that is still standing|
|Trees growing into the stonework|
It started to drizzle as we went round, but we completed the whole visit (not far short of two hours) relatively dry.
We then moved on to see a small chapel that is never open - not really exciting, but it was turned into a post office for the weekend, so we bought a postcard and mailed it to ourselves.
Sunday dawned even more miserably than Saturday and by the time we set off (09.30) it was chucking it down. Knowing that it was likely to rain, we had reserved the indoor sites for this day. We went to the Doyanée at Bezornay, which has been split into four residential properties and is therefore never open to the public. It was a real treat. We had visited the site many months ago, but of course we could only see the outside and not all of that either. Seeing the place from the inside gave us new insights as to how the whole was in its heyday.
|Imagine a living room like this|
Despite the horrible weather, it was a very successful weekend.
Monday dawned sunny and we are now back to the Indian summer we have been enjoying for the last few weeks - long may it last.