Fortified castle in Fougères

May 2, 2012 § 6 Comments

Lovely view of the Chateau de Fougères seen from the Jardin Public in Fougères, France. May 24, 2010.

If you ever need a break from the grandeur of Versailles or the lavish decor in any chateaux in the Loire Valley, then, Brittany is quite the right place to explore. There are a number of old towns that keeps it’s medieval charm, and we decided to stop by Fougeres after visiting the romantic Mont Saint Michel. We made a stop at the tourist office in the town centre, and we were recommended to walk up and through a park in order to reach the castle. It was a little hike, but we did get a very nice view over the castle.

The entrance of the Château de Fougères was pretty cool, with water wheels and a little river that works as a moat. This complex looked like something straight out of a story book, maybe even a dream for every little boy. This place was built in the 10th century, and have been guarding the border of Brittany ever since. There were several rebuilt after attacks, and what we have today is pretty much what it looked like in the 15th century.

Looking towards the entrance over the river. Fougeres, France. May 24, 2010.

From the high point inside the castle, we could see other parts of the town. Fougeres, France. May 24, 2010.

Walk on top of the wall to get to every stops inside the tour. Fougères, France. May 24, 2010.

Some parts of the castle were built on a high ground, a little hilly. Fougères, France. May 24, 2010.

There is a huge lawn in the middle, not sure if it was opened to the public in the old days, but I imagined feasts and celebrations went on here. The self guided tour walked us through rooms and towers. Walking on the thick castle wall was a fun experience. One thing that really impressed me was the exhibition was curated very well. They offer lots of information and stories. However, they were nicely arranged, and some were interactive, that it wasn’t boring to read at all.

Houses are cluttering nearby the castle like some legos 🙂 Fougères, France. May 24, 2010.

There were a bunch of residential houses lining around the castle. I wonder what does it feel like to live so close to a historic castle, and seeing it right from your door step everyday......

The little child in me. Fougères, France. May 24, 2010.


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