Thank you so much for taking stunning pictures of the surrounding nature. It goes well with the stone of the castle ;D.
Let me go back to one of the first few pictures of the castle, amongst the pics of the fortifications, there is a pic of what must be the roof of a chapel, with a statue and other ornaments... something seems to be floating in the air. is that a bird? or what else? one can never be sure in those mysterious wooded areas.
Dans les grandes choses, les hommes se montrent comme il leur convient de se montrer; dans les petites, ils se montrent comme ils sont.
This was certainly worth the wait! A beautiful and stimulating way to begin my Sunday. I was so overwhelmed, I had to adjourn to the balcony with coffee to absorb it all. It’s a remarkable essay, in all ways. (Odd, I’ve never, ever heard this place mentioned in all suggestions for day trips from Paris, on all the forums.) Your photos are gorgeous. The rich autumn colours are stunning and beautiful. You have a great eye.
(Relatively speaking, I found the real estate prices cheap. Possibly because I live in downtown Toronto. You wouldn’t be able to buy something comparable for under 400,000E, minimum.)
I'm just reading Proust, Swann's Way, and Swann is critical of some people who go on an outing to Pierrefonds -- it's a "fake castle because of Viollet le Duc", and "why do people go there when there are so many real castles around". ;D
Post by frenchmystiquetour on Feb 1, 2012 19:31:05 GMT
Here is a great blog I found about Viollet-le-Duc and the restoration of Pierrefonds. It's in French but you can try google translate. It expresses quite well my and my wife's feelings about Viollet-le-Duc.
That is excellent commentary about his work. I too wonder if there is even the slightest possibility in modern times that so much money could ever be channeled into such projects. Just like the project of putting a man on the moon in the 1960's, sometimes it is a question of giving mankind something to dream about instead of spending the money on something totally necessary but which will be forgotten or unappreciated as soon as it is built.
I was reading yesterday that people come all the way from Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand to Pierrefonds during the filming of Merlin (meaning they'll start arriving in a few weeks). Most of the scenes shot outdoors are accessible to the public. There was also a mention that many of the magical creatures (griffins, etc.) that appear in the series are actually modeled after the exisiting statues at the château to make them more pertinent. Apparently, there are still a few statues of monsters in stock, ready to come alive when necessary.
What an outstanding report, Kerouac. Every time I thought I had found my favorite set of pictures, I came across something new and interesting. I loved the photos taken at the lake and in the woods, particularly the reflection of the castle and the picture of the heron. Now that I'm in the middle of watching the last season of Merlin ( haven't seen the other seasons) this is even more fun to read! it looks like a wonderful area to explore.