Thursday, October 8, 2009

Halloween Frights and back to France!


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photos copyright 2009, Judith Nijholt-Strong
"Sacha Scares the Halloween Spider"

We've been decorating the house for Halloween and Sacha has been helping take care of all the spiders. She is crazy about this big, furry, black one - no spider will live too long in our house!

Meanwhile, as Sacha takes care of all frightening Halloween things at our house in the Netherlands, my Dutchman and I will be off to France again. YAY!!! We'll be staying in the same village (and same rental house) we were in this past summer - Château-Chervix, Haute-Vienne, Limousin, France. Château-Chervix is located just south-southwest of the city of Limoges.
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photos copyright 2009, Judith Nijholt-Strong
"Tour de Château-Chervix - Limousin, France"

The photos above are of the remains of the 12th century dungeon (in french: donjon or la tour (the tower)) of the Château-Chervix (Castle Chervix) - that's all that's left ... it must have been rather impressive at one time in its history. We took these shots in June-July of this year - it will be interesting to see how the colors of the trees have changed in October. To get to the castle remains, you have to climb a winding path through a marvelous small forest of mostly chestnut trees - could be spooky on a nice autumn day. The dungeon (la tour), rises high above the area and overlooks the village of Château-Chervix - quite impressive views from up there too.

We'll also venture a little south-southwest from the Limousin region to the medieval village/commune of Sarlat-la-Canéda (aka Sarlat), which is in the Perigord Noir region, department Dordogne, area Aquitaine, France. We'll be staying over one night in Sarlat to be able to really investigate the village at our leisure. Maybe some sketching will get done too... never know. lol

There are also some festivals occuring during the time we'll be in the Limousin & the Perigord Noir. The festivals celebrate the autumn products of the region: Sweet Chestnuts and Cèpes (cepes/porcini mushrooms) and products made from chestnut wood (I see another basket in my future). We have those on our "to do/to see" list as well. Excited? Moi? Oui!

So until sometime just before Halloween, when we're back in the Netherlands, it's "à bientôt" for now!

Wikipedia links, if you're interested:
Tour Château-Chervix (in french only ... sorry!)
Tot ziens!

1 comment:

Meisie said...

Have wonderful time! me thinks you'll have lots of dead spides at home LOL


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