Castlenaud was one of our favorite castles to see in the Dordogne region of France. It had a small mid evil city with a beautiful castle inside. The best part of the castle, was that it was furnished with original furnishings and had a whole arsenal of mid evil weapons to captivate the young minds.
This is our picture from the parking lot as we were set to walk into the mid evil city.These cities were obviously planned out way before cars were invented, so most of them require you to park outside the city and walk throughout it. It is an amazing experience to see these old dwellings and see how people would have lived. This city still has inhabitants that live in the old stone buildings.
This is by far the largest cross bow we have ever seen. Max was astounded by it. I could just see his mind working on what he could shoot with it, and what he could shoot from it. There was a castle a couple of kilometers off that Castlenaud was constantly at odds with, so I am sure that it was used to battle the neighbors at some point. It was also perfectly situated to shoot the boats on the river beneath, if their aim was good enough.
I believe this was the first scatter gun invented.
Jonah is sitting on a Trebuchet stone that would have been tossed. What a task
to find, load, and shoot that.
They also had various cannon displays that were big enough to load children in.
I think because it was the low season, they didn't pay much attention to
us, so our children took their liberties with what they found.
It really was such an impressive castle, and they did a great job of
teaching us about living in, and defending a castle of this size.
The Dordogne region is full of quartz and crystals. There is a
local shop that cracks these stones open and sell them.
This tidbit from Aaron really belonged in the last post, but we are going to leave it right here for now.