21 August 2011


The Château de Bouges is in the town of Bouges-le-Château just a few miles south of Valençay. Both are in the ancient Berry province and the modern département de l'Indre. My friend Marie and I drove over there yesterday afternoon, just to look around.

A restaurant in Bouges-le-Château

We also went out to enjoy the air-conditioning in the car. Yesterday was the hottest-feeling day we've had all summer. Walt says we might already have had a day with a higher high temperature, but the humidity yesterday was unusually high for the Loire Valley area and you could really feel the heat.

The Château de Bouges, between Châteauroux and Valençay

The château at Bouges is what is called une folie — a folly — and was built in 1765. The village itself is much older. The château is owned by the French government. It's in a big park that includes formal gardens, an arboretum, extensive greenhouses, and stables where visitors can admire a collection of old horse-drawn carriages that belonged to the last private owners of the property.

Nice perspective, very French

The church isn't very old either. A more ancient one was demolished over the course of history, and the current church dates back to the late 1700s, like the château. It felt nice and cool inside the church yesterday afternoon.

The church in Bouges and one of its windows

The Château de Bouges appears to have been modeled on the Petit Trianon at Versailles, but since it was built at exactly the same time it can't really be a replica of that more famous building.


Craig said...

The rows of trees are magnificent. A beautiful shot.

Carolyn said...

The same word popped into my mind as into Craig's--magnificent.

T said...

I stumbled into your blogs. I read a couple of your entries. And I'm sorry about the loss of your friend. I love the photos.

Seine Judeet said...

"So bute-eeeeeeee", as my did used to say for fun :))

Mitch Block said...

The perspective shot of the trees in unreal. Love it.

Tim said...

Pauline and I won a ticket for a visit here at the Comice at Preuilly-s-Claise yesterday.... It sounds a very nice place to visit...GREAT!

And I agree with Craig.... those trees are magnificent!!

Mary said...

What a winning photograph!

Great idea to take a trip in an a/c car when the humidity and hit were so bad!

Mary in Oregon

The Field of Gold said...

That psrspective is something. Wow.