Whose castle?

We are going to back up a bit…today’s Monday (Oliver’s anniversary), but we missed telling you about our Sunday.

Our gal, Stephanie, the guide with the great shoes, took us to the two towns called Les Andelys.DSC_4800

At the top near the Petit Andelys, is this castle, built by King Richard – the Lion Hearted.  Did you know he spoke French, lived in France and was really a Frenchman?  He went to the Holy Land on so many Crusades (remember the Infidels?) and he learned from the Moors (the Muslims) how to build the best castles.  So, this one had a moat, round towers and held out for years against the French attackers.

The view down the Seine from this impregnable castle shows the town of Grand Andelys, which was having a spring fair down on the riverside.  (Check out the Limestone cliffs….we have marveled at them all the way down the Seine.  Most of the castles and churches have used this material for 1000’s of years.)DSC_4820DSC_4876

Lots of tents and locals eating stuff…you know the drill…it doesn’t matter what country.

There’s always a church and this one’s another Notre Dame.  You can always find “Our Lady”….Nancy knows.


We should be going back to the bus now.DSC_4877

Avalon Waterways has the best bus.

Later – or tomorrow – I’ll catch up on our Monday.  We went through 3 locks on our way in the boat from Caudebec to Le Havre.  We visited one ruined Abbey and one working Abbey..you already met Brother Julien with Chris & Dick today.  Great places…we liked the ruins best, but we will let you be the judge.


Lifelong Philadelphia area Realtor. Now a 13-year citizen of Sanibel, Florida. Married to Nancy for 54 years. Three children (2 in Devon; 1 in Steamboat Springs, CO) and 5 grandkids (1 in college/1 working). We are helping with charities involving poverty, kids and education. Helping to lead Captiva's Chapel by the Sea.

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