After the beauty of Giverny this was our first introduction to France. And we were impressed. The old fortress on the cliffs above the Seine river was built to intimidate and was successful in doing so while its builder and designer, England's King Richard, lived. Of course it was the first thing to go after his death. France's King Philip could...more
As we were driving towards Led Andelys, we could see high on the hill, the ruins of some Castle. We never expected to come so close to them, and to be able to visit.The ruins were that of Chateau Gaillard, built between the years 1196 & 1198. This Castle was 1st called "The castle on the Rock."Richard the Lion Heart built this Castle as a defense...more
This huge Church is located in Grand Andely and is built on the site of where the 1st Norman Abbey was in 511. The present church started in the 13th century and spread over a period of 500 years. It is built in a Gothic design and has 16th century stained glass windows and a Carved organ case dating back to 1573. The stained glass windows are...more
On my Town walk, I came across the very old Saint Sauveur's Church.It came about, as 3000 workers were required to build the nearby Chateau-Gaillard and they had no where to worship. This church was built for them. In 1198 construction began with the Church being finished in 1202. The church has been dedicated to Our Saviour.The blessing Christ...more
Les Andelys is an old historic town of 1000years old, that is begging for you to walk it. We stayed overnight in the Town, so we went for a lovely long & slow evening stroll.The Town actually has 4 proper walking trails. The tourist office has Brochure's on these.We did our own thing, wandering the very old streets with the quaint old homes lining...more
The Eglise Notre Dame of Les Andelys started in the 13th century and spread over a period of 500 years. It was erected over the ruins of the first norman abbay founded in 511 by Queen Clotilde. Inside the church you can see the 16th century stained glasses, describing scenes of the Saints' lifes adn the Christ Entombment in the Sepulcher chapell.more
But Richard died (1199) before the fortress was complete. The troops of Philip II of France captured it after a long siege in 1203, some 4 years after Richard's death due to one fault in the fortress. During the siege, Philip ordered a group of his men to look for a weak point in the castle. After an extensive examination, they located the disposal...more
The Chateau Gaillard was built in less than 12 months between 1197 and 1198 by Richard I of England, to protect Rouen and Richard's duchy of Normandy from the French King Philip I. It was erected over a cliff and it was suddivided in two parts: the chalet was the heart of the castle and it had got five towers; instead the fort principal had got one...more
Ch?teau Gaillard was the fortress of Richard Lionheart, Duke of the Normandy and King of England. It is said, that the fortress was impossible to capture, but finally people enterd through the latrines and opened the gates for the attacking troops of the King of France. The castle was built in 1196 and is now destroyed. From the ruins, you have...more
Richard the Lionhearted (Richard, Coeur de Lyon) built this in the late 12th century. It is in a strategic location, very high above the Seine, so he could see any foe on the river below. This was my second visit, my first was in 1999 with my friend William. The hills surrounding it just invite a nap on a nice sunny warm day....more
This was only my third day in France and after visiting Giverny it turned out to be the perfect place, just up from the riverbank, for a splendid lunch with fine food, fine wine and fine service with a healthy dose of ambience to go with it.
In the photo of the interior of the restaurant you will see our fantastic tour leader, Terence Maloon, in the blue coat. The other gentleman is our bus driver for that day.Rude me can't remember his name, so despite being a lovely fellow, he must remain anonymous.
Favorite Dish: Salmon with the Bernaise sauce!What's not to like if you enjoy salmon as much as I do>
What a great way to get your necessary fill of Omega3 oils (think Vter richiedisc would enjoy this).
If you are visiting Les Andelys, you are just 25 km northwest of Giverny. It is easy to combine a visit to Les Andelys and Giverny in a single day.
See my Giverny page for more information.
Favorite thing: Although Richard The First was the King of England he spent most of his life living in France. The Castle phot is taken from the west in a parking lot in theh town of Les Andelys . The best view if from the east.