visit to Pierrefonds Castle

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.

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