We drive over the bridge and past the château regularly and it is a very imposing sight. In fact we had viewed a house just over the bridge when we were house-hunting the previous year. It was the one where the ground floor was now below ground on account of the bridge having been rebuilt at some stage with the road half way up the windows. It was still for sale.
On 13th July we decided to stop and look around the village and if possible visit the château - it isn't open for visitors every day but we were in luck. The young lady who showed us round was a student who was very keen to practice her English. This resulted in one of those bizarre encounters where all of us would mix and match French and English often mid-sentence. Anything to be understood. It was very entertaining and great fun.
I have forgotten most of the facts and figures about the château that we found so enthralling on the day. I love the way a good guide can bring a place to life so much so that you could almost be back in times gone by, witnessing the to-ings and fro-ings of previous occupants. It doesn't bother me that I can't remember any of it later. But I do remember that it was buillt in the XIVth century, that it had underground rooms that were fascinating and that you could explore by yourself, and there was some sort of chute from outside to the cellars that the guide was very excited about. It might have been for grain, or people, or even weapons - I can't remember. Also that we were the only visitors, that we had a great time and that the sun shone beautifully all day.
We spent a happy hour or so there and then headed back home for tea on our little terrace.
A perfect day.