Our friends from Down Under left this morning – suitcases full of souvenirs of their 2 weeks in France . . . and computer full of photos of their stay with us.
Yesterday we took them to visit a castle in Pierrefonds. Originally built for Louis of Orleans in 1393 this fortified castle was dismantled by Louis XIII in 1616 and the ruins were later given to Napoleon I in 1810. Then, around 1857, under Napoleon III, Pierrefonds underwent restoration by Viollet-le-Duc (a very famous French architect who was also responsible for restoration work on Notre Dame de Paris).
and little stop off in the gift shop afterwards where I bought a couple of bookmarks and a wooden thimble for my collections.