monday verse: out of time

It is a formal and deserted garden With many a flower bed and winding path. A cupid stands and draws a bow at venture Upon a marble bath. All around his feet the eager ivy grows, Stretches upon the stone, above the ground, And in the ivy flowers the busy bee Makes a melodious sound. … Continue reading monday verse: out of time

Château Lafayette, Haute-Loire

Here are some photos of a lovely château that we visited at the weekend, taken from the 750 metres blog.

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rose gardens and chateau rose gardens and chateau

We spent a pleasant Sunday afternoon visiting one of the few chateau open to the public locally. Château Lafayette originally constructed in the fourteenth century, was the home of a hero of the American and French revolutions, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, better known as Marquis de Lafayette.

Often known simply as Lafayette, he was a French aristocrat and military officer who fought for the United States in the American Revolutionary War. A close friend of George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and Thomas Jefferson, Lafayette was a key figure in the French Revolution of 1789 and the July Revolution of 1830. Wikipedia

In the early twentieth century a group of wealthy philanthropists led by Scottish-born American industrialist John C. Moffat purchased the castle to serve as a centre of philanthropy for people affected by World War One. Following the war he renovated it completely to…

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