LEEDS CASTLE, Kent. Aerial view. First built in 1119, the castle became a royal palace for Edward I and Eleanor of Castile in 1278, who added the successive gatehouse defences of the barbican. It was later transformed by Henry VIII for Catherine of Aragon. The castle is now managed by the Leeds Castle Foundation.
Medieval Walls - Carcassonne, Languedoc-Roussillon, France - Square Bishop‘s Tower and Inquisition Tower : the Bishop‘s Tower is square in shape and, unusually, straddles the two town walls, above the jousting ground. The Inquisition Tower, built in front of the Bishop‘s Palace, is round in shape. It used to be a guard room before becoming a prison
Château de Najac ~ a royal fortress, built in 1253, which has seen "events of...the first English occupation, the Albigensian Crusade, the Hundred Years' War, the imprisonment of the Knights Templar, the peasants' revolts, and the French Revolution. ~ Southern France
Since starting this blog I’ve wanted to write about the best books to read before heading to Paris. So here it finally is- my top ten favorite books about France. It’s taken me many years and Amazon orders to curate this list, so I do hope you enjoy. A word of warning- almost all of these books are [...]