A lot of these "small" chateaus in the Perche region are called châteaux but they might also be defined as manoirs or manor houses. Below is the next one we saw, after Lormarin. It's called Courboyer and it's the headquarters of the Parc Naturel Régional du Perche.
The picture above shows me reflected in a globe with cutouts representing the world's continents that is like a big miror. The Courboyer manor house is behind me. As you can see, it had been — and still was — raining lightly.
The regional park was created in 1998. The Courboyer château or manor house was built toward the end of the 1400s. Le Perche is a geographical region but not a political or administrative entity. The territory is divided between two French départements. Le Perche is located on the southern edge of Normandy, just north of the Loire Valley, west of Chartres, and east of Alençon.
The Perche famous for the Percheron horse, and we saw two horses at Courboyer. The area is also famous for its apples, and two derivative products: cider and calvados (apple brandy).
The motto or devise of the family that had the Courboyer manor house built (I assume) was, in modern French, Espoir de mieux. "Hope for better" (myeulx in old French). A better life, I guess, and a better world. The plaque pictured above is located over the building's main entrance.
Above are two views of the manor house. It's small as châteaux go, but it's still massive. In the photo on the right, you can see two of the buildings privies hanging off the exterior walls. In other words, Courboyer had all the comforts of home, with toilets on several floors.
When I've been looking for a restroom at the parc du Perche, I never thought to look up!ReplyDelete
These are beautiful photos of one of our favorite areas anywhere.
Ken, would you be willing to share the exif info on the second photo? That's the kind of architectural photo I want to take and can't seem to get right with my new camera.
Carolyn, does this help? I'm not sure how to read or share the exif information.ReplyDelete
Canon PowerShot SX700 HS
Oops. Well, that doesn't look anything like what I thought I was sending. Does it make any sense to you?Delete
I think the thing to do is to enlarge my image on the blog to the max and then copy it. That way you might be able to view the EXIF properties on your computer. I find them in Photoshop but I don't know how to copy them.ReplyDelete
Ken, thanks. I think I can glean the information from this, insofar as any of this means anything to me. I am trying different shutter speeds, ISOs, and apertures. I'm sure that info is in here somewhere.ReplyDelete
Carolyn... 1/500th at 200ASA [sorry ISO... I am an old photographer]... but I can't work out what Ken had the lens at!!Delete
First let me say that I'm not the kind of photographer who wants to fiddle with a lot of complex settings. Automatic it is for me. With a good camera, it works.Delete
Here are some of the settings for that picture of the rooftops at Courboyer: F-stop f/4.5 — Exposure time 1/500 sec. — ISO speed 9000 — Focal length 16 mm —Max aperture 4.3475 — EXIF version 0230. Hope this helps.
Those horses look well fed and happy- they are each resting their back legs a spell. The grass is lush like what we have in KY.ReplyDelete
BTW and FYI: L'Hermione 2015 ( la nouvelle) will be in Alexandria for a two day visit as of tonight , before proceeding north along the coast to Annapolis, Baltimore , Philadelphia etc . CHM has missed itReplyDelete
As always, Ken, these are just such well-done shots. They're interesting, nicely framed, the images are beautiful-- I'm enjoying the Perche visit :)ReplyDelete
The horses are magnificent. They remind me in shape of the cave images at lascaux.ReplyDelete
I love the "global" selfie, Ken... magni-fiche!ReplyDelete
Thank you for those wonderful pictures of Courboyer (and sorry for the rain !). BTW, the moto above the door belongs to the family of the last owner of the manoir. We share the link to your blog on our Facebook page. We hope you don't mind ? You're all more than welcome at the Maison du Parc !ReplyDelete
Thanks for your comment. I wish I could have spent more time in the Perche and at Courboyer. Too bad too about the rain that day. I shall return. When was the plaque over the door put up there? I'm glad to have you share my link on Facebook or wherever. I've been to the Perche region twice now, and I've enjoyed it greatly.Delete