Favorite thing: The guided tour was only about 45 minutes. Then we were let loose in the attics and the other parts of the castle. Quite fun really. Afterwards, a little rest was in order. In style, on the steps to the main entrance of the castle!
After King Louis was beheaded, the nobleman Lepeletier was assassinated in this castle by a former soldier of the king, whilst he was dining he was stabbed to death in January 1973. He had to die because he had voted for the death penalty which brought King Louis down.
He is remembered in history as the first martyr of the Revolution.
Fondest memory: Here's the castle kitchen.
Remember I peeked into the weaponry hall before the tour started? Well, we're back here and admiring all the stuff on the walls. Swords of course and helmets. But what are those little things?
Let's take a closer look...
it isn't....it can't be....?
I draw back in horror. Little animal feet! Hundreds of them.
Favorite thing: Just under the attic are rooms for staff. The proprietors have fitted the rooms as they were when there was still live-in staff around. It doesn't look bad really. Spacious and clean and quite light. It must've been good to live here.
Favorite thing: The real attraction of this castle is the attic. You can walk right around and marvel at the intricate way the beams hold up the whole construction. You must enlarge this photo to fully appreciate it. It looks a bit dark in small size.
Favorite thing: The castle is privately owned and it isn't allowed to make photo's inside. But I turned off the flash and made some anyway. But because I was so busy with the camera I forgot to listen. The tour was in French and though I understand, I need to concentrate quite hard. So eh, I missed that part :-)
The castle of St. Fargeau was the scene of death of the first martyr of the French Revolution.
Jean-Michel Lepeletier was killed here.
Favorite thing: I don't know if they were restoring original plasterwork or making new. But look at those old beams again. Wonderful.
Favorite thing: A lot of the restauration of the castle takes place on the spot. Here's the atelier where they make the plaster decorations.
Favorite thing: There I was, rambling on about the comfortable quarters of the maid. But what is next-door? The ironinq room! Yikes.
Favorite thing: It was raining so not very enticing to walk around the castle grounds. It seems there is a medieval farm a few hundred metres from here which I didn't visit.
Favorite thing: The walk around the attic was quite funny. There were ghosts, and figures falling down the beams with their legs in the air. Supposed to be scary but in truth quite hilarious!
Favorite thing: Lovely wood panelled hall way. Most of it was original. The other forbidden photo's that I made did not turn out too well. Serves me right !
Favorite thing: When the guided tour begins, the guide rings a small bell attached to the castle wall. As a bell ringer, I was horrified that the bell sounded awfully off key. Terrible!
Favorite thing: While we were waiting for our guide, I had a quick peek inside. This looked like a weaponry hall. Other interesting things too but I'll come to that later.