Le Château De Monbazillac Part Two.

Fist of all, Bravo Les Bleus. I do not usually watch football but I, like millions of others, just had to watch this match.

Wow… you are so awesome.

 

O.K back to Monbazillac.

There is a very interesting room in the Château called Mounet-Sully room. There is only a brief explanation of the person so I just had to find out more. Mounet-Sully (birth name Jean-Sully Mounet was born in 1841 in Bergerac) and he became a famous actor, painter, sculptor and writer. He was a member of the celebrated Comedie Francaise, as was his brother Paul.

His most famous role as an actor was that of Oedipus in L’Oedipe, a French version by Jules Lacroix. He was made Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1889.

A little bit of scandal, his brother Paul was famous not only for his acting but for his affair with Sarah Bernhardt. Who’s picture you can see on the table in the room.

Mounet-Sully caricatures.

 
In the tower room is a gorgeous collection of white porcelain from Limoges which also belonged to Mounet-Sully.
 

The Bedroom of the Viscountess.

A Reconstruction of a lady’s bedroom in the 17th Century.

 

Next to the bedroom is a wonderful room filled with sketches of Ladies fashions from the Edwardian period. I particularly liked this sketch above, the costume looks so elegant and stylish.
 

We had a sneaky peek into this room which is being restored to its former glory.
 
 

Events:-

Saint-Pompon Night market open every Saturday until 18th August.

Celtic night in the village of Saint Andre d’Allas on 21st July.
 

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Le Château De Monbazillac.

Part One

This Château and vineyard is one of our favourite places to visit. So it was a real pleasure to show our friend around while she was here on holiday a few weeks ago.

Listed as an historical monument it dates back to the 16th Century where it was built in the Renaissance style. Set in a woodland with magnificent vistas across the valley. 3500 hectares of vines produce in my view pure nectar, sweet and dessert white wines. Which of course can be sampled in the wine shop before… and perhaps after… your visit to Le Château De Monbazillac.

Michelle and I all ready for the visit.
 

The architecture is a mix of traditional and defence style, towers, parapet walk, battlements, moat, cannon and the start of Renaissance art in the form of wide windows, mullion windows, fixed bridge, grand interior staircase and of course the layout of the rooms.
 

The Château and its vines have been the property of Monbazillac Cooperative Winery since 1960. Before that the château was handed down from mother to child (or nephew) and has been sold six times since the 16th Century.
 

Coat of Arms Tower is represented by the successive owners of the Château. From the family that initially bequeathed the land for the construction of the Château to the last lords of the viscountcy.
 

The Grand Salon. The Renaissance fireplace was decorated in 1929 with heraldic sculptures.
 

A Harry Potter moment! In other words the bottle room. 7,000 bottles of Monbazillac from the 2002 and 2004 vintages are presented on the walls giving the walls a gorgeous golden glow. The display case shows the changes of bottle shape over the years.
 

The Dutch brand display case contains vintages of Monbazillac wine. The map by Belleyme (who surveyed the region from 1761 to 1774).
The spelling of the name was how my ancestors spelled their surname, an ancestral relative perhaps?. The Belleyme’s originated from Northern France, and owned the area now known as Belléme. A future blog I think.
 

Part Two blog will cover a fascinating person called Jean-Sully Mounet.
 
 

St Cyprien Félibrée 2018

Félibrée is a traditional Occitan Festival which takes place every year in a town or village in the Perigord. The festival has been running since 1903 and takes place over three days and involves a range of traditional events. This year it is the turn of St Cyprien to host the 99th Félibrée.

Over the last few months a great deal of planning, arranging and decorating has taken place in order to create the wonderful decorations which adorn the streets, squares and alleyways in St Cyprien. 300,000 flowers, poppies, sunflowers, wisteria and crosses have been made from paper and plastic.

This Gorgeous arcade of paper wisteria is my favourite.

 

An Occitan cross.

 

Cameras at the ready everyone, the traditional dancing is about to take place.

 

Hundreds of children from every age group from different villages came together for the dancing and the celebrations yesterday afternoon.
This group wore the traditional Occitan cross.

 

A stage had been erected in the main car park where the bands vocalist told the children the dance moves before the start of every dance, for example ‘go to the right, two to the left, to the back, then forward, turn and clap’.

 

Children in traditional French costume looked amazing under the canopy of flowers.

 

So cute this group of children were among the youngest dancers enjoying the celebrations.

 

There are lots of stalls set up along the main streets, squares, car parks and side streets. Selling hand crafted jewellery, clothes, lace, linen, wooden toys, food etc.

 
 

Events:-

Félibrée 2018, Saint Cyprien, 29th June to 1st July.

Candlelight night at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac every Thursday night from the 5th July.

National Day in France.14th July Fire work displays in every village, town and cities throughout France.
 
 

Grantchester.

This blog is about a beautiful village just a couple of miles from Cambridge which I visited a few weeks ago. I wanted to visit for two reasons: first to see the church and the cottages which were depicted in the television series “Grantchester” which was adapted from James Runcies “The Grantchester Mysteries”. Secondly to visit “The Orchard” were in 1897 a group of students persuaded the owner of the apple orchard to serve them tea. After which it became a regular meeting place for everyone including “The Grantchester Group”, Rupert Brooke and Virginia Wolfe where just two of the people who sat for hours drinking tea and exchanging ideas.

The famous Grantchester Group.
 

Virginia Wolfe and Rupert Brooke sitting in the apple orchard. It is such a beautiful spot still today where you can buy tea, scones, etc. and sit under the gorgeous apple trees.
 

Statue of Rupert Brooke in the grounds of the Manor House. According to legend, an underground passage is said to run from the Manor House to Kings College. It is also said that a fiddler who offered to play his fiddle while walking through the passage started to walk and was never seen again.
 

Chocolate Box houses meander through the village.
 

Grantchester is also famous for “Grantchester Meadows” (composed and sung by Roger Waters) a member of Pink Floyd. One other band member David Gilmour, who lived in the village a few years later composed the song “Fat Old Sun” which also related to the village.
 

St Andrew and St Mary Church.

A picture taken from the ITV series Grantchester. The actors from the television series would hire bikes from the train station in Cambridge and ride to Grantchester.
 
 

Events to look forward to:-

9th June across France is National Rosé  Day. What a great excuse to crack open a bottle. If an excuse is needed of course.