Summer holiday 2002
Charente, France






Monday, 20th August
Day 11


Today also, we have a clouded start. We see this as an opportunity to do something, to go somewhere. We decide that today we will visit the castle of Rochfoucauld. This is recommended to us because the castle is quite beautiful and impressive. The town of Rochefoucauld is not that very far away from Montbron, just about a half an hour drive.

Only a part of the castle is open for public, the other part is still in use by the family la Rochefoucauld. The construction of the castle was commissioned by Foucauld I, in the 10th century as a defensive structure. It was situated on a hughe limestone rock and was therefore given the name "the rock of Foucauld". Later on this changed into la Rochefoucauld. Through out the years sections have been added, changed and improved.

The part that is open to the public is very beautiful. We walk through fully decorated living rooms with antique furniture and lots of memorabilia that are centuries old. Like letters, certificates, books and lots more. Luckily the castle library is open during this day.





The kitchen is impressively big. Alongside its walls pots and pans imprinted with the la Rochefoucauld coat of arms are hanging on hooks. The fire place is simply massive and can contain an entire cow for roasting over an open fire.

One of the other attractions in the castle is de impressive circular staircase, which dates back to the 16th century. It contains 108 steps, each made out of a single slab of stone, each with a height of 12 centimetres, the longest one measuring 4 metres.

The family of Rochefoucauld is one of the oldest families in France. It brought forth military, diplomats, writers and politicians.



Aditional information in Dutch







Tonight the animation team has organised a soccer match. A couple of teams have been formed, and the game is on. Unfortunately the field is kind of hard and uneven. This results in a sprained ankle and some minor wounds on knees and elbows from sliding. Most of the children participate, including lots of parents.












and welcome!




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Château la Rochefoucault.

Château la Rochefoucault.



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One of the many beautifully decorated rooms.

One of the many beautifully
decorated rooms.



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The famous staircase.

The famous staircase.



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The castle library.

The castle library.