Another, more recent picture of the château, also displayed in the museum.
So we rearranged the visit for Friday. They arrived at lunchtime, with their dog Callie. We were having such a good time eating, talking and drinking, watching Lulu and Callie playing together that somehow the hours slipped by and we ran out of time to visit the château.
Lulu and Callie had great fun chasing each other around our little terrace and garden.
The next day was Saturday and our last chance to visit before we came back to England. After a good lunch with our friend Barrie at Grand Ma's we wandered up the hill and walked over the bridge and in through the lovely old doors that had been closed to us until now.
All the time we have been in LGP, it has been possible to walk virtually all the way around the outside of the château but not through those doors. We have watched the new buildings gradually go up and were not at all sure that we liked the modern design.
As I walked through the doors into the courtyard I had to stop for a moment to take it all in. I had no idea that it would be so beautiful inside. Previously I had seen old photos and postcards of the grounds taken before the château had been closed but this was so much better than I had expected.
From the château there are wonderful views over the rooftops and I suddenly felt immensely proud and privileged to own a little place in this lovely part of France.
There was hardly anyone else around. I was glad after all that we didn't have to share the experience with the crowds of other people that were there on opening day. For this special moment we had it almost to ourselves.