Friday, December 4, 2009

Castles in France

While driving through the Dordogne River region we saw many castles sitting on top of cliffs and hills. Two that were near our hotel were Josephine Baker's Chateau and Castelnaud.
Click on the collage to see a more detailed picture.

The center picture was the entrance to Josephine Baker's home.
There was a display of her costumes and it had some of her original furniture.
Nearby was the chapel where she was married.
If you would like to know more about this fascinating woman, visit
The two pictures on the left were also taken of her home.
Later in life she lost the home due to financial problems.
Grace Kelly and others tried to help her out, but in the end she lost her home and lived until she died in Paris.

Castelnaud was nearby and a very different feel to Josephine Baker's home.
It was full of military armament. You can see the catapult's in the above pictures. The top center picture was taken from the castle looking down into the village below.

This is the final day of pictures in France.
Next week we will move on to the end of our trip with sights from Barcelona.
But Monday I will be starting a new Monday series - Enamored with Glass.


Linda J. said...

I have certainly enjoyed your lovely photos of France!

SweetAnnee said...

Oh you lucky girl..don't you just love Europe??
Thanks for sharing your pictures~~

Rosemary said...

Imagine the stories those castles could tell!

Cathy said...

Taking us on a tour through France has been wonderful Marilyn. I'm looking forward to visiting Barcelona through your eyes.

Mark said...

I just love Castles.

koralee said...

How day I hope to visit a few Castles in France myself...such a romantic image. Happy weekend to you and thank you for visiting me!

willow said...

Sad about Ms. Baker. I adore her iconic banana costume. I must visit France someday. I will. Thanks for stopping by the manor this morning!

Caroline said...

Fantastic photos! Makes me want to jump on a plane and head to Europe! Looking forward to your series on Monday!

Brenda @Cozy Little House said...

What picturesque scenery!

parTea lady said...

I really enjoyed seeing the castles and the link to info on Josephine Baker. Thanks so much for sharing these wonderful photos of France.

Christina said...

These castles are breathtaking!
I would have loved to see some of the history left behind from Josephine Baker. She broke so many barriers. A woman before her time.

Susan said...

Thank you for sharing this part of the Dordogne with me. We stayed in a gite near Josephine Baker's home (within walking distance) 2 years in a row. Loved the area. Her life was so fairytale, but ended so tragically. We bought her CD which we often enjoy listening to. Takes you back to those days. Looking forward to Spain, where we have not been.

...mmm... said...

Well, I look forward to Barcelona's. these were delightful and the history so interesting. It must have been a fortune if Grace Kelly couldn't even help, hey?

BTW, did you know that the most castles per square mile are in Wales of all places?

Steph said...

I have really enjoyed this French series!

Relyn said...

sigh. BIG SIGH!!

These have set me to dreaming. And made me wistful.

... someday...