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.

Monday, 10 May 2010

no town is complete without its own polo field

Behind a line of houses along the coupure du parc - the snippet of the park - a 19th century suburb of Richelieu carved out of the northern extremity of the ducal parc, is that grandiose and stylish asset, a 300 x 200m polo field. Not only a polo field, but a string of live polo ponies as well.

We will have to stop calling it 'that poor little town of Richelieu', or maybe insist that all the BIG money lives in Chaveignes, the little commune that includes the coupure du parc.

Location on the map in the column to the right....

And the local taxes are lower in Chaveignes, they say.

Persian polo as played in the 1550s
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