Here is my Journey to Camelot:
Okay, so it's not actually Camelot, which should be a given considering Camelot would've been in England not France, but some of you might recognize it as the legendary castle of Arthur due to the recent BBC series (also shown on Syfy in the US, and now on Netflix) called Merlin. Actually there have been several other TV shows and movies to use this site for filming:
- les Visiteurs,
- Highlander: The Series,
- The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc
- the 1998 version of The Man in the Iron Mask.
- and a cut scene of this castle was used to portray Wiz Tech Academy in Disney's TV series, Wizards of Waverly Place.
(all TV/film references taken from wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C3%A2teau_de_Pierrefonds)
You can see why they choose this place to film. It is picturesque and in remarkable condition. That is not an accident, of course. The castle (which is actually Chateau Pierrefonds) was mostly destroyed in the early 1600's and not rebuilt until the 1850's when Napoleon III intended it for a royal palace. Alas, it wasn't destined to be inhabited by any royals and instead ended up as a museum when it was completed. That's great for us since it has kept the reconstruction open to the public and well maintained.
Here is the guardian awaiting you as you climb the stairs to enter the palace.
Here's a view of the town looking from the castle ramparts.
Here's a better picture of the town taken after leaving the castle and getting some delicious coffee and creme brule ice cream.
Well, that's about it for now. I am happy to report that I didn't find any signs of the invasion spreading to the country side. The invaders seem to be content to inhabit large population centers for now. If you're looking for a place to escape their reach, the country side seems to be a safe place ... for now.