Leuzeu has a history very rich. Neither a working farm nor castle,it was more like a large mansion, or a hunting lodge,but also possessing the outbuildings (or “trappings”) of a farm –some of which are still standing. The ruins bear witness to the rich past of this building,now lost in the woods. The ground floor had ceilings that were all done with vaults, while top floors had ceilings with beams that were painted. The first written records of Lauzeu come from the thirteenth century, but the building now in ruins was built around 1659 by Jean de Gastebois. Several legends exist: in the sixteenth and seventeenth century, it is thought that this was a hunting lodge, serving even for a trysts now and then; or that Marguerite de Bourgogne went there with her lovers.However, nothing can be validated.
|What it had been|
|All that is left of the old resevoir|
|Quarry where the stone came from...on the hill|
|View from top of Vergy... I had to go out on the edge to take this photo!!|
|St. Vivant..2 lower levels. There were 3 more stories above!|
|St Vivant restoration in progress|
|How they form those arches (now and then)|
|Carved in the stone ceiling -picture above|
|Old window restored|
|Eglise Saint-Saturnin-.St Barbara|
|Eglise Saint-Saturnin XI century|
|Scenic view from St-Jean-de-Boeuf|
|Montbazon-bridge (opening photo is other side of bridge)|
|Montbazon and ruins of Donjon|
|Gallery room that extends across the Cher|
|Ahh...the view of the Chateau over the river. Nice place!|
|Stairs to the Donjon and church- Montrichard|
|Oold Roman bridge -Montrichard|
|View from the front|
|Nice dining room|
|And get a load of that CEILING! Wow|
|View from the back|
On to Tuesday morning. It was pouring! Six guests at the hotel were on a bike tour. There they were, setting up their bikes with covers on everything, pulling on rain gear over their biking clothes. Not a day I would go for a bike ride!!
We ran to the car, and still got very wet! Our itinerary for the day included a tour of the Chateau Chambord and then head in the direction of Gevrey. We arrived at Chambord, and what a surprise, we actually had a decent parking place, even at 10am. Maybe it was the rain? It was still pouring. We pulled out our rain coats and umbrellas, and decided “why not”, it was not going to get any better. The external architecture is very interesting! As the guidebook says “truly extravagant Château in every way and masterpiece of the French Renaissance”.
It was started in 1519 under Francois I, and some think that Leonardo da Vince worked on the architecture ( note Francois I again, he built Chenonceau too- how many chateaux does one need? -oh yes, this was the hunting cabin!). Too bad it was raining so hard, because the grounds and woods are supposed to be interesting too. Maybe next time.
|look at that roof!!|
|Closer look at one of the towers from roof terrace|
|Another from roof terrace- it was raining!!|
On the way back we pass by the village of Rully. Of course one must stop and say hello to Jean-Claude and Anna at Domaine Breliere. There was a mixed crowd tasting when we arrived, but they were almost finished. Jean-Claude gave us a taste of some white while he finished the groups’ orders and packed their car. Then we talked to Jean-Claude and Anna for a good hour (or more). Always such a pleasure to stop there.
This year’s crop in Rully has been severely damage by hail. Some lost almost 100%, Jean-Claude thinks he lost about 50%. So if you like Rully, buy some now, because there will be very little of 2011.
Just for info, Marie Therese wrote about this in her Blog this month (how is your french):
This month I have had an email war with Expedia!! I scheduled Keith to fly to Denver to see his parents. I wanted the trip via Minneapolis. I picked that flight and ended up with a lousy flight through Atlanta with a long layover!! I tried to explain that I had not picked this flight and wanted to know how it got changed. After about 15 emails stating I could not change, I had another 5 or 6, still resulting in we do not think we made an error, it must have been you!!! I DID NOT PICK THAT FLIGHT! But they do not care, plus the Customer Service is lousy (they did not even read my note the first 18 emails), ...I lost I guess. Still mad about it...had to add this note, boycott Expedia.
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 pound small yellow squash, sliced 1/4 inch thick
- 1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons prepared pesto
- 12-15 Fresh basil leaves cut in thin slices
- 5 ounces fresh goat cheese, softened
- 1 puff pastry, pre-prepared ( I buy the pastry made for a tart, already rolled out)
- 1 large tomato, very thinly sliced
- 10 small pitted green olives, coarsely chopped
- 1. Preheat the oven to 425° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- 2. Grill the onion and the yellow squash …or sauté in skillet ,about 5 minutes. Transfer the vegetables to a paper towel
- 3. Prick the pastry all over with a fork and plce it onto the parchment-lined baking sheet.
- 4. Put in the oven for about 10 minutes…prick with a fork if bubbles rise up.
- 5. Thinly slice the tomato and place slices on paper towel
- 6. In a small bowl, blend the pesto with the goat cheese. Add cut leaves and stir
- 7. Remove pastry from oven
- 8. Spread the goat cheese all over the pastry.
- 9. Arrange top with the squash mixture and tomato slices and sprinkle with salt and white pepper
- 10. Bake in the lower third of the oven for about 20 minutes, until the edges are golden and the bottom is completely cooked through.