|Joan of Arc Statue in Chinon Keep|
|Mister left, Little right|
The boycat, Mister, kept waking me up to get petted last night, but I was glad to do it. Thank goodness he is healthy, glossy, fat and pretty, having been well cared for by our wonderful friends at Acme Pet Care. They took Little to the vet while we were gone because she was not doing well, and we'll be grateful to Sara and Andrew forever. If you live in the Los Angeles area and need pet sitters, they are the best. Click the link above to check them out.
|Sun over Langeais Chateau in Exquisite France!|
|Tower at Chinon, France|
|Bridge between towers at Chinon|
|A view from the Castle of Chinon of the town and the Vienne River beyond|
|The Vienne and countryside from Chinon|
|Maiolica plate with scenes from the life of Joan of Arc|
|Beefy Bourgeuil and Delicate Chinon Wines|
|Chinon Royal Apartments|
|Joan of Arc (1412-1431) was a mountain girl who heard the voices of saints, and who ended up putting a French king back on the throne by commanding armies and winning battles. She was then captured by the Burgundians, who sold her to the English, who convicted her of heresy, and burned her at the stake in Rouen. She is that rare thing in history, a medieval woman who appears to have completely transcended the limitations imposed upon her gender. And for that reason, I've found her fascinating since I was a little girl. She was canonized in 1920, and became one of the patron saints of France.|
|Art Nouveau Joan of Arc|
|Joan as a War Saving Stamps Poster Child|
|Ingrid Bergman as Joan|
Inside the royal apartments up in Chinon castle is a room devoted completely to Joan and her legend. There is a tapestry showing the incident, which took place right in Chinon, in which she recognizes the dauphin (the heir apparent and eventual Charles VII) even though he has tried to trick her by disguising himself in humble clothes and his valet in royal garb.
|Joan recognizes the Dauphin in Disguise|
|St. Joan a la Art Nouveau|
|Chinon Fortress Guard Tower|
|View of the River Vienne from the Chinon Keep|
|Tower at Chinon|
Cheers, and Vive la France!