Crossing another thing of the bucket list! I've heard about Chateau Laroche for years but never went! Since I didn't have my niece and nephew today, it was the perfect day to go!
(full scale except for ballroom) all himself using river rock and homemade bricks just so his scout troop could have a place to camp (and to make use of the many ancient architecture degrees he had)!
First we explored the outer left.
We started in the picture and article bedecked German game room with a mini intro (from someone whom I assume to one of the knights)...
(he knew how many types of wood and nails were in it!)
and the archer windows (wider on inside, narrow on outside) and explained how the stairs were designed specifically narrow and winding so you couldn't sword fight or pull a bow on them. That meant that one person could defend the whole second floor by standing just at the top of the stairs and fighting the enemy one at a time!
The dungeon was just three closed doors. (One had a skeleton in it.) It was B and Owen's favorite part!
(Couldn't pass up that photo opportunity!)
a view of the courtyard,(PBS, Mysteries at the Museum etc) that were done on "Sir" Harry and the castle).
and rocks from all different states. Even one from the moon!
I loved that the knights' (who become so by working on the castle) only creed is the Ten Commandments!
People said it was impossible to build a domed ceiling out of river rock, but Harry did it, and used it as his bedroom! (until a furnace was put in, that is!)
Are those the murder holes we heard about?
Sir Harry grew veggies there year round heated by lamps and had a secret entrance there that no one knew about until it collapsed years later.
(W's favorite part) while Kari and I talked.
One more run through the castle (I beat W at chess.) before going home! We spent at least two hours in a place that could have been a half hour trip, easy, so we got our 11 bucks worth!