Friday, January 25, 2008

Architectural Detail

Welcome home! 

Can you imagine pulling up the driveway for your reservation at a...castle? 

Now run as a hotel, Chateau des Monthairons, is 12 km south of Verdun in the French countryside. I stayed here before the season began and it was practically deserted. 

I was free to roam about taking pictures and I was in seventh heaven. Lace panel windows, grand staircases and architectural details everywhere. 

From my window, you could even see stripes of yellow mustard fields (hence the town named Dijon on our route) blooming in the distance. During World War I, this chateau served as a French field hospital. Framed black & white photos from that era line the sitting room walls. Just imagine.

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