|The Monument, Prince's Street Gardens|
Tuesday, 20 April 2021
Tuesday, 13 April 2021
Built a little after the château at Ancy-le-Franc, this property is a shining example of French Renaissance style and form rather than Italian – that southerly influence having been eschewed. The building has symmetry and is beautifully decorated both inside and out. I was not prepared for what I found inside.
Constructed by François de Coligny d’Andelot, in the mid-sixteenth century, it replaced a feudal fort and provided a sumptuous upgrade on what would have been little better than garrison life. Since the late seventeenth century the house has been and still is, in the possession of the Thévenin de Tanlay family.
|The stunning Long Gallery|
Up on the top floor, there are some lovely views of the grounds, but it had started to rain whilst I was inside so I passed on the opportunity to get pics. But in the turret room was a secret place. A small circular room has a fresco on the ceiling attributed to the Fontainebleau school of art that depicts notable people from the sixteenth century. Our guide then lets us into the secret. The turret room was the meeting place for Huguenot conspirators during the Wars of Religion. I make a mental note to do some research when I get home. It is quite apparent that this period of history is as important to the French as our own Wars of the Roses are to us.
The walk back to get the bike is under a grey and threatening sky. I decide not to hang about and make the trip back from Tanlay (Lock 90) to Lézinnes (Lock 83) without stopping. It’s just over 10Ks but it’s uphill this time! I’m back at the campsite just before the heavens opened. The rain didn’t stop for the next three days…
Tuesday, 6 April 2021
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Tuesday, 30 March 2021
Tuesday, 23 March 2021
On a quiet forest walk, Investigator Jacques Forêt encounters a sinister scene. Convinced there is evidence of malicious intent, he treats his discovery as a crime scene.
But intent for what? Without a body, how can he be sure that a crime has been - or is about to be - committed? Without a body, how can Jacques be sure that it’s murder, and not suicide? Without a body, how can the perpetrator be found?
Tuesday, 16 March 2021
Tuesday, 9 March 2021
|Decorative detail from a cabinet|