We spotted this château in a leaflet in the tourist office in the village and we had never heard of it before. So on a beautiful sunny afternoon, off we went in search of it - Fougères-sur-Bièvres.
The outside is all windows, turrets, gargoyles and neat gardens. A lovely old bell and clock sit over the entrance. The bell chimed every half an hour while we were there.
Inside the courtyard the château is nothing short of delightful – multitudinous windows and archways on different levels, inviting the visitor to dive in and see what’s inside.
Anyone who enjoys taking photographs would love it here – everywhere you look there are little architectural features and angles just calling out to have their picture taken.
In the garden there is one of these. I don’t know what you call it but it was fun to sit inside.
In the village there is a lovely church to look around, a little park to sit in and have a picnic, and a bar serving snacks and drinks.
The sun shone brightly, little clouds floated by and it was exactly the right temperature for a spot of sightseeing. A perfect afternoon and I shall tell you all about the inside of the château in the next post. It was wonderful, in a very French way !!
Fougères is great. We were there in 2009 and I especially liked the way the castle sits in the centre of the village, at the same level as the rest of the village; not towering over it. I have almost the same photos as you have! It's a photographers paradise indeed. MartineReplyDelete
Martine, you're right, I couldn't put my finger on what was so different about it - not on a hill and in the middle of the village.Delete
Wow. What a wonderful tour you have provided for us. Thanks. The places are awesome.ReplyDelete
Bear, awesome, magnificent, and beautiful.Delete
Thanks for the great tour. Beautiful photos. I love the giant bird cage. I'd be tempted to sing "She's Only a Bird in a Gilded Cage"... well, not just tempted.ReplyDelete
Château du Rivau was on the tip of my tongue (I lie). Isn't that next to the Paris Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas?
Mitchell, I have only been to Las Vegas once so I can't say !!Delete
it looks like a film set!!!!ReplyDelete
John, you're right, I wonder if it has been used as one.Delete
I read where Chateau du Rivau was where Joan of Arc gathered her horses before the siege of Orleans.ReplyDelete
Leon, I do pictures and ambience, only a little history. I blame it on my old history teacher, Miss Northrop, for not inspiring me - I will check up on it !!Delete
Your explorations are always a joy to read about -- your photographs are superb -- it looks like a place well worth the visit and I'm looking forward to the next instalment!ReplyDelete
Broad, thanks, you will be equally delighted, I'm sure.Delete
What a lovely place! I love roofs all muddled up like that.ReplyDelete
Pauline, you and Tim should go there, preferably midweek when it's quiet, you would love it I'm sure.Delete
Super pics of a gorgeous building, Jean. The blue sky is a welcome bonus on this wet, grey day in Normandy....ReplyDelete
Perpetua, I know just what you mean.Delete
I just love that Château it is gorgeous. I love the architectural features. Thanks so much for taking us along on your tour, one day maybe we will see it for ourselves :) Take care DianeReplyDelete
Diane, I will add it to your list of things you must see when you're next in the area !!Delete
What a super place and great photographs!! Looking forward to the inside shots :-)ReplyDelete
N&A, the inside is gorgeous too.Delete
The last time I was at Fougères-sur-Bièvre, that bird cage was home to several exotic varieties of chickens.ReplyDelete
Ken, that doesn't surprise me - fancy chickens are very popular and you have to keep them somewhere so why not somewhere rather fancy !!Delete
I am no expert, but it all does call out "French" in my opinion!ReplyDelete
Spo, absolutely !!Delete
I so wish I could see these in reality. Loved all the windows and turrets and the little cafe is just perfect for enjoying a coffee or glass of wine. Deeeply jealous. :)ReplyDelete
Phil, it was a magical place.Delete