Friday, February 21, 2014
I love to travel and I love to rent houses when I travel. I avoid hotels when possible and look for rare and interesting places to stay. When I went to France, I found an old medieval castle that had been broken up into 4 town houses. I was able to rent one portion of this castle. The castle, Chateau Larcher, was a bit of a mystery and still is. I travelled during the off season and the small village's tourist information center had been closed, so I was never able to learn much about the history of the castle. I read the plaque by the Cathedral which dated the Cathedral built into the church at around 980 and the castle itself wasn't finished until 1070. Outside of this, I found nothing to denote the castle's origins. It was located in the Poiters region of France just South of the Loire valley and would have been in Aquitane during it's highest uses. The location of the castle must have been a sacred place at one time because the area is also known for it's dolmen. Dolmen are large, neolithic stones arrangements that are usually placed over tombs. The dolmen in Chateau Larcher are placed over a vast necropolis of more than 100 graves. They are usually places in a sacred or important location.