What to do the day after you keep the kids up too late having dinner with friends? Drive thirty minutes to a 12th century castle, obviously.
We parked alongside the road, in a mercifully shady spot on another 90 degree day. Josh wasn't feeling great, which was made worse by the steep hike up to the castle. France is notoriously difficult for anyone with mobility issues to navigate, and this place is no exception. It feels great for we soft, able-bodied Americans to be walking so much, but it frustrates me greatly to think of all the people who never get to see these sights. But once we made it up to the castle and paid for our entrance, the kids and I left Josh resting on a shady bench and started exploring.
|Halfway up inside the castle.|
|Another view from about halfway.|
|Sylvia is pretending to be me. She loved it.|
|Narrow passageways - I couldn't see the kids if they got more than a few steps ahead of me!|
|Medieval man bun! And seriously awesome skills.|
We were all tired and hot, and the walk down the hill to the car was slowed by grasshopper hunting and recreational whining. But then there was a view of the village, and horses nipping flies off each others' flanks in the pasture, and the chance to drive over 40mph on the highway for a change. Another easy, educational treasure in close proximity to Clermont. More and more and more to come.