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Visit of La Roche-Guyon and its castle

La Roche-Guyon is a charming little town located on the loops of the Seine at the gates of Normandy, 1 hour from Paris.

La Roche-Guyon is the ideal Sunday outing. You can learn something with the visit of the castle, practice a small sport activity by going up to the dungeon or to the top of the hill and finally rest along the Seine in a magnificent setting. What more could you ask for? The entrance to the château de la Roche-Guton is not free (7,8 euros), the walk among the fruit trees is free. For those who don't want to tire themselves out, they can take the road of the crests by car to have a beautiful view on the Seine

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Duration: 3 h.

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View on the dungeon

View on the dungeon
Magnificent view of the dungeon from the garden. The garden is a pleasure garden but it is also utilitarian with many species of fruit trees. It is typical of the Enlightenment and of a more enlightened bourgeoisie interested in science.

Le jardin potager-fruitier

Le jardin potager-fruitier
Picking is forbidden. In the right season it must still be difficult to resist the temptation. There are mainly apple and pear trees in the garden. On the side there are small, more intimate groves.

Visit of the castle

Visit of the castle
The castle mixes different periods and styles. The castle began to be built in the 12th century, it delimited the border between France and Normandy. It had its golden age just before the revolution of 1789. On the picture you can see the guards' room where the acts of the public life took place.

Tapestries of the castle

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Tapestries of the castle
The tapestries represent scenes from the Old Testament. They tell the story of Esther. The series includes seven in all.

Small aerial passage

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Small aerial passage
The castle is built into the rock. A small passage gives access to a dovecote.

The steps

The steps
There are more than 250 steps to climb to reach the keep. After having climbed to the top of many cathedrals or ruined castles, I can affirm that this staircase is certainly one of the most difficult in France. The steps are high and the staircase is very steep. Then you have to take another spiral staircase to reach the keep. Works of securisation of the site are planned, check if the access to the keep is possible.

The view from the dungeon

The view from the dungeon
All these efforts to reach the top of the keep are rewarded by this magnificent view on the whole valley of the Seine. Afterwards, you'll have to think about coming back down, it's as hard as the climb!

The troglodyte chapels

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The troglodyte chapels
Three splendid chapels are built directly in the rock.

The castle and the second world war

The castle and the second world war
The history of the castle is rich because it also experienced intense activity during the Second World War. It was used as headquarters for Marshal Rommel who commanded the Normandy front. The castle was built to withstand the bombardments.

Les boves

Les boves
The term bove designates a troglodyte habitat. On the picture you can see the machine to move in time. It is present in a comic book of Blake and Mortimer "The diabolical trap" whose action is located in the castle.

The banks of the Seine

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The banks of the Seine
Nothing to say, the view is enough. You can picnic on the banks.

View on the loops of the Seine

View on the loops of the Seine
The view is simply magnificent.

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