Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Not-So-Wordless Wednesday

Château de Montfort, Vitrac, Dordogne, France


This is château de Montfort (Montfort castle). The name is derived from the latin phrase mons fortis meaning fortified mountain and not from Simon de Montfort, a prominent figure against the Albigensians/Cathars . He actually razed the castle to the ground when he laid siege to the town. (source: Perigord-Quercy: Le Guide Vert, Michelin Editions des Voyages, 2005). It sits on a rocky promontory (this seems to be the general characteristic of many castles in the Perigord-Quercy region) giving whoever takes control of the castle a strategic advantage over his enemy. And aesthetically speaking, since château de Montfort towers above the Cingle de Montfort (Monfort meander) --- one can have a wonderful panorama of the Dordogne river.

I would post more photos and write a separate entry about this. I would just like to give everyone a glimpse of this resolute castle (it still stands after having been destroyed and rebuilt several times). The view and the castle are really worth a detour :).

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25 comments:

berto said...

Probably I can say with this blog make, more some interesting topics.

Indrani said...

Just like a fairy tale castle, standing tall on the top of a hill, it is beautiful.

SandyCarlson said...

These mountaintop castles always impress me--as continuations of the mountain itself in an aesthetically pleasing way--and as technical wonders made possible by the sheer force of will of the builders and the boss.

Thanks for sharing this info and the image.

Napaboaniya said...

Beautiful looking castle :)

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Karen said...

Wow, I'd be a nervous wreck visiting that castle, let alone living there. It looks like it's going to topple down the side of the cliff with the slightest nudge. I bet the view is spectacular, though.

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the teach said...

lareine, an extraordinary view! Thanks for the info about the castle as well. :)

June said...

What a beautiful setting...perfect for seeing your kingdom! Lucky you to be there!

Will said...

It is amazing the places some of these things are built. Even more amazing that they have stayed in place for so long.

Happy WW! Thanks for the visit and comment.

Karen said...

Wow, it's so beautiful!!! I enjoyed reading about where it is and about it.

Happy WW!

nussaibah said...

The first thing I thought when I saw this pic was fairy tale like thing. This is absolutely wonderful! I really liked it!!! I was wondering if I could have the full size and make a wallpaper out of it? If you accept, please email me at nussaibahraja[at]gmail[dot]com. Truly, this is wonderful. Looking forward to new pics of this one :)

Btw, the "story" you read at my blog, you were right about it being part of my life :) I am actually that brat who gave and still is giving her mom so much difficulties :)

mama meji said...

When I visit here, I always feel as if I have traveled to places.

BTW, castles and knights never fail to excite me. *kiddie giggle* Happy WW.

jams o donnell said...

WOw that is an amazing shot. Definitely a place to visit one day!

erin (at) jewellerybyerin (dot) com said...

How fitting that Lareine posts an image of a castle. :)

I love this. It's like something out of a fairy tale, or one of my favorite medieval period novels/films - which makes sense since it likely dates from medieval times...

Munchkin Mommy said...

oh wow! it's a castle and it's in france. they're like the ingredients to a fab photo. :) hee hee.

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lisa marie said...

What a beautiful castle and setting! I would happily live there!

WillThink4Wine said...

Can I be the princess? This is spectacular!

sandy's notes said...

Oh Lareine, how beatiful! What a great reminder of strength!

Jose said...

Hello Lareine

It seems a fairy tale castle of stories, but once lived dramatic. It was built and destroyed several times.

The photo and its post are very nice.You're a professional photograph.
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Davidlind said...

I bet it has a very nice cool breeze going through it on hot days. It looks like a nice place to stay.

ZJ said...

I have always been fascinated by castles, magic spells, and prince/princess in disguises...My husband went on a cycling tour of Europe before and he tells me about these magnificent castles in France. I bet there is a colorful story behind that castle :)

UTP said...

The castle does hold its Pride...and it is reflecting through the picture....looking down upon the world...

Selerines said...

Nice one lareine...

mama meji said...

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lareine said...

to everybody: thank you very much for your visit and your heart-warming comments... structures and views such as this never ceases to amaze me... and the brains and muscles who left such legacies for us to enjoy are worth our admiration...

to nussaibah: i've already sent you a copy of the photo to your email account last week... i hope you the size is ok:)...

to mama meji: thanks for the award/tag... i'll post it as soon as i can :)

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