From Beynac we went to see the quaint and beautiful village La Roque Gageac, a tiny town nestled between limestone cliffs and the Dordogne river. Unfortunately the only road in town was completely torn up for remodeling so that idea was scrapped. It also ruined my plan for a great photo of the village. Oh well.
We moved on from there to Beynac's rival, the Château de Castelnaud. My dad's knees were really roughed up by this point so he sat this one out. It was a good thing, because the stairs to get up to this point were many, and steep. As I said in the Beynac post, Castelnaud and Beynac were rival castles in the Hundred Years War, Castelnaud being held by the English, and Beynac by the French, with the river as the unofficial border between Britain and France at the time. Here you see the view of Beynac in the distance from Castelnaud. All of the great castles were perched atop hills for defensive purposes, which makes for great views. The interior of this castle was more of a museum with videos and displays of artifacts and such, as opposed to the well-preserved interior of Beynac. Lindsay especially enjoyed this piece of armor. Protects the important parts I guess.
Largest crossbow ever. Impressive trebuchets. The castle well. View of the castle from the other direction. Can't help but imagine horses and knights clomping along the castle grounds.
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