We finished our visit to Mt. St. Michele and then got in
the car to
head to La Mans, our destination for the
night. Along the way, we stopped at
the small town of Vitre to visit one of
the chateaus in the area.
The photos below are what we saw.
En route to the chateau Vitre, we passed this nice
church along the side of the road.
Next to the church was this monument.
When we got to Vitre, we found a place to park
easily. From our parking place we had a nice view of
the local "Notre Dame" church.
The spires of (this) Notre Dame were
quite impressive. Not as impressive as THE Notre Dame,
but Vitre is a small town.
The outside of the Chateau Vitre.
The chateau has a substantial moat,
The drawbridge lift mechanism.
Jim and Kathleen inspect the drawbridge
Inside the courtyard of the chateau at Vitre.
The "rectangular tower" of the
chateau. Note the delivery van crossing the draw
The round tower was open for a tour so we
got a ticket and went.
Substantial renovations were in progress but
some of the artifacts were still on
The dim lighting and no flash made
photography challenging, but this carving came out despite
The ceiling of one of the
A very old, primitive,
From the round tower, we could see Vitre's Notre
The royal crapper. This is a hole in the floor
that sadly drops onto the outside of the castle walls.
We left the Chateau Vitre and explored
some of the medieval portion of the town. Note the
nice stone work.
In the world of art,
beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I saw this for sale in a shop
window and just had to take a photo. I doubt that it
would match the
decor in my home. Or one could only hope.
The narrow streets of Vitre.
Near the town square there were some very
nice homes and
Note the turret on this house and the
On our way back to the car we went to
explore Notre Dame.
The wooden carvings above the door lists 1689 as the
date, but that could just be the date of the carving, not the
date of the church.
There were several very nice stained
glass windows in the church.
Another nice stained glass window.
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