I walked in the footsteps of King Henry II, Richard the Lionheart and Eleanor of Aquitaine.
We are now in Paris but before you join us for our six days here, we have some catching up to do.
Two nights in Chinon was on our schedule as we'd been twice before and love the atmosphere of the place. The wine, the food and of course. We had perfect hosts again in Helene and Jean Michel. Our B and B is something out of past with modern services. It's part of the church and is from medieval times.
Last time we stayed here, we did all the tourist things and traveled heaps of kms to visit all the "must see" Chateaux. Not this time - the only big visit was looking down on us from up the hill from the river Vienne.
|The clock tower of Chinon Fortress|
I walked in the footsteps of King Henry II, Richard the Lionheart and Eleanor of Aquitaine. I saw the room, or what remains where Jeanne d'Arc supposedly met the Dauphin Charles VII.
We were previously here in 2008 and 2009 and much scaffold encased the castle while reconstruction was in operation. We'd never ventured to the castle previously but today I did.
|This plaque marks the location where Jean d'Arc met with the Dauphin, the future King of France - Charles VII.|
|You can see the plaque that lies beside the large fireplace in this picture and one assumes that this is where Jeanne d' Arc approached the Dauphin despite Charles hiding his identity by having another of his men dressed in royal robes.|
|The Vienne River stretches either side of the fortress and lazily makes its way through France.|
|High above the village of Chinon at the fortress you get a great view looking over the rooftops and the Vienne river from a different perspective.|
Chinon turned on a delightful day for my wander through history. With the rebuilding of Chinon Chateau and fortress, we can get a view of history gone by. The rebuilding may not be the original thing but we can dream of what it was.
Within the Castle is a room set aside for a display of Jeanne d'Arc history - below are some of the pictures captured on my visit.
|The bronze statue shows Jeanne d'Arc most probably in battle with the English at Orleans.|
Behind is the white statue that I imagine is her hearing voices from above and being told of the mission before her.
|A tapestry depicting the meeting of Charles and Jeanne d'Arc.|
Note that she is knelt in front of the third person from the left and is pointing at him - not the person in royal robes.
|A poster from 1956 with Jeanne d'Arc and the fortress in the background.|
|The "Mythology" even extended to the USA|
to promote the buying of War Saving Stamps.
|Jeanne d'Arc returns from battle after defeating the English at Orleans.|
|Jeanne d'Arc kneels at the now King of Frances throne after fulfilling her destiny.|
I'm about to catch up on daily pictures of our French travels on the other blog later today - go to