Saturday, July 13, 2013

An Interesting Chateau

When we moved to France, people said: 'you must visit some chateaus'. So, when our friends came to visit us, we thought we had better visit a castle. I am just not sure that any of us were expecting this!

Savigny-les-Beaune, just west of Beaune, is in an area well-known for its wine but what we found at the Chateau had little to do with wine, except that it does have a vineyard.

Built originally in the 1340s, destroyed in 1478 by Louis XI, the chateau was reconstructed in the 1600s. The property is beautiful with some formal gardens and other areas of wildflowers.  

Initially, the furnishings are typical but I thought the lovely library in the turret could have used a few more books.

Yes, you are seeing correctly those are motorcycles and the shelves are filled with bits of engines, oil tanks and cans and other mechanical bits and pieces. And that was not all. A long reception room is filled with more motorcycles, bicycles, model planes and more.

One building was dedicated to the Abarth and various other brand advertising. Another was filled with farm and some viticulture machinery.

Outside, there were planes and more planes and just when you thought you had seen it all there were bits of planes and then some firetrucks.

While it wasn't quite what we expected from a 17th century chateau - it certainly was interesting. And with the company, well, it was a pretty perfect day!

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