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Finding Karma in Pierrefonds, France

 

In a past post, I used these photos and realized that these photos were taken in Pierrefonds, France and not Lyons; trust me, only a knucklehead would confuse the two places.  I wasn’t L’yon, my bad!

 I visited France recently and regret not having gone to the area where my Grandfather was stationed during WWI.  It is a travel regret that I have been thinking about lately while watching world leaders gather to pay homage to our soldiers.   I have been thinking about doing just that and getting back to this fairy-tale town, A.S.A.P.

How I “found” Pierrefonds. 

My visit to Pierrefonds should never have happened. En route to Paris, from Northern France, I was just not ready to be in a city, I absolutely loved driving through the Compiegne Forest and was wishing that I had more time to stop and play in the imagination provoking forest.

I really wanted to stay right there in that forest. I remember cringing at the thought of going to a large city and dreaded that this peaceful forest would soon be in my rear view mirror.

Karma intervened,  I “needed” a Diet Coke and I spied this town as I left the forest.

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First peek of Pierrefonds, France

Although it was the diet coke craving that brought me to town, Karma gave took my breath away.

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Patisserie in Pierrefonds France and guess what I bought here? A diet coke. Shame on me.

  I loved this spot. I will stay in Pierrefonds when I return to this area of France.  It was if a magnet pulled me in with every curve of the road.

I fell in love with the architecture, the rooflines, the stone, and tile.

And the awe-inspiring views

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Architecture in Pierrefonds France

 

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Views from above Pierrefonds, France

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Pierrefonds, France rooftop views

I kept wondering how many places I pass up while on the road to something else.

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Roads and walls Pierrefonds France

I have a thing for stone, so this street is pretty much where I want to set up camp.  My time was limited but I mean, how can you not poke around this place?

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Stone homes in Pierrefonds, France

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Quaint cottage in Pierrefonds, France

the stone and craftsmanship

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Stone and brick home in Pierrefonds, France.

The colors of French homes

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Homes of Pierrefonds France

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Pierrefonds France and some of the steeples

And then, I took this turn and saw “that castle.”  I have maybe seen too many castles in my life but this one was different.   I didn’t know that it was there until it beckoned me.

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Pierrefonds, France

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Huh? That is a big castle. Pierrefonds France

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Pierrefonds Castle

I took a million photos both near and far.

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Pierrefonds Chateau

It is difficult to describe the enormity of this castle and its state of good repair.

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The Château de Pierrefonds

I think the thing that I can’t shake about this castle is the grounds, the wooded land, the old stones, and doorways.

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Archways of Pierrefonds

With each turn, I wanted to see more.

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The Stonework and Carved Doorways of Pierrefonds

The castle was out of this world but it was the grounds that really made me stop dead in my tracks and imagine.

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The Grounds of Pierrefonds Castle

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Below the Castle of Pierrefonds

I wanted to see more of this place that captured my imagination. A place that has had to inspire movies, books, and artwork. A place that I would want to sit down above or below this picturesque town, and into it’s surrounding forest, and just sit and stay for a good while.  I had to wonder how many places have I passed like this? Was it karma that I stopped or simply a diet coke craving?

Are travel regrets mistakes, or, are they a signpost to places of the soul?

Thanks to my Mom and her family who have inspired me to travel and consider life.

And Grandfather – never forget!

Meg

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