My son and I are leaving our small town in southeastern United States to live for a year in a small town in southeastern France. It couldn't possibly be THAT different, right?

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Grignan and its château

About thirty minutes from Montélimar we discovered the town of Grignan, which is known for its lovely château where the prolific letter writer Madame de Sévigné lived during the eighteenth century.  Our travel companions were the usual suspects:  Dom, Néo, and Eytan.  

On the way up to the château, we stopped at the Église Collégiale Saint-Sauveur (built between 1535 and 1542) to see its animated crêche.   

In the courtyard of the church

Jed shows off two of his many "boulards."  He and Néo seemed to think that the purpose of today's trip was find new places to play marbles and skip rocks.

Dom is even smaller than this photo makes her appear.  She stood on the step above Sam in order to be closer to his height.  

Le Château de Grignan

There were beautiful views everywhere we looked.

Jed and Sam with "the hills" in the background.  Where I'm from those would be called mountains but they're hills when you're this close to the Alps.

Another a-typically beautiful January day

Néo in the bedroom fireplace

On the path to the château

The rooftops of Grignan

Cross near the chateau

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