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Le Logis Royale

Also commonly known as “le chateau”. The original chateau apparently dates back to the 4th century, as it is mentioned in some writings from that time. It has been through a couple of additions and reinventions, but is mostly known for being the home of Agnès Sorel, famous first royal mistress to King Charles VII. The tower on the far left of the photo above is Le Tour d’Agnès Sorel, where her tomb was kept until 1970, when it was moved to the nearby Église de Saint-Ours (a photo of her tomb is shown in this post).

The room pictured below, which doubled in size as part of the enlargement of the chateau in the 15th century, is famous for being the very room where, in 1429, Jeanne d’Arc convinced Charles VII to go to Reims and be crowned as king. History sometimes blows me away. I find it somewhat mind-boggling to think of what went on in this room, this town, this country (keeping in mind that where I grew up, 100 years is considered “old”).

La Salle Jean d'Arc.

La Salle Jean d’Arc.

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La Salle Jeanne d’Arc.

We toured the Logis Royale after having been through the Donjon, so to be completely honest, the kids were pretty well done with the “boring” sights, and they just wanted to play outside in the terrace!

Practicing with their new weapons, a wooden dagger for Dani and a foam mace for Oli.

Brandishing their new weapons, a wooden dagger for Dani and a foam mace for Oli.

Lucky for them, the whole front courtyard of the Logis Royale is set up with medieval games, toys, and even farm animals! The kids were allowed to borrow period costumes and play the games, which was pretty awesome. All in all, it was a really fun day – we all had a blast.

Kiddos ready to lance each other in their medieval costumes.

Kiddos ready to lance each other in their medieval costumes (the shoes are a nice touch, no?).

Our little chevalier.

Our little chevalier on his mount 😉

The jousting was for sure their favourite.

The jousting was for sure their favourite.

Bowling

Medieval bowling.

Medieval bowling.

Medieval bowling.

Setting up the targets for the sharp shooter.

Setting up targets for the sharp shooter.

The "balls" were nylon stuffed with sand. Oliver called them haggis ;)

The “balls” were nylon stuffed with sand. Oliver called them haggis 😉

Maybe one day she'll be inspired by the legacy of Jeanne d'Arc.

Maybe one day she’ll be inspired by the legacy of Jeanne d’Arc.

Tomorrow we are taking the bus up to Tours for the day to poke around town. Will be nice to get out of town even for just a day trip! We are also pretty excited for Monday, as we are picking up our car, and then we are free for roadies (well, except for the fact that Derek is super busy with work)! Can’t wait.

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