The topics of this blog are Armand-Jean du Plessis, Cardinal Duke of Richelieu, and the IDEAL CITY built on his command next to his magnificent CHÂTEAU on the borders of Touraine, Anjou and Poitou, in France.
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Tuesday, 30 June 2009
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Friday, 19 June 2009
The 20th year's festivities of the twinning of the towns of Richelieu and Schaafheim were held over the weekend of the 13-14 June 2009. Schaafheim is a small town in Germany located a few miles from Frankfurt.
You can read the back story of the twinning HERE.
About 80 people came from Germany by bus and were hosted by various families from the town of Richelieu. Speeches were made; dinner was eaten in the market hall; concerts were sung; picnics were had; wineries and vineyards were visited.
The Schaafheim town band played for the gatherings.
M. le Maire/secrétaire d'État Hervé Novelli presented a rusting 'Cor-ten' laser-cut panel to the Burgermeister of Schaafheim, Reinhold Hehmann, to mount in the Rathaus back home.
Blogmaster Henri Proust finally met his virtual e-chum, Schaafheim archivist Wolfgang Roth.
Everyone now awaits the away fixture of 2010!
Vive l'amitié Franco-Allemande!
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
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Monday, 8 June 2009
Very extensive restoration works are underway at the mediaeval fortress of Chinon. This wonderful fighting castle has been neglected over the years (since 1300!) and the conseil général of Indre-et-Loire has decided to enhance it by bringing it back to the state in which it was about 200 years ago. Already a ruin, the last usable rooms were in the centre module of the castle - the so-called Royal Apartments. In the last couple of hundred years they had lost their roofs and become picturesque ruins (see the 'before' picture).