Friday Fun: Chateau de Montigny

Last Friday there was news that some original Goya etchings had been found in a French chateau as they were going through their extensive library, probably conducting an audit for the first time in generations. (We all know how out of control our book buying habits can get, right?) What amused me most is that the report said the name of the chateau was Montigny. It is such a common place name in France that I can do a whole Friday Fun post with nothing but chateaux of that name. [Unless otherwise specified, all the pictures are from the websites of the chateau in question.]

Chateau de Montigny le Gannelon in the Eure-et-Loire department, which misled me into believing this was the place of the find… but no, there is another with the same name in the same department, because people are not very imaginative…
Chateau de Montigny sur l’Hallue near the Somme, from chateau-fort-manoir-chateau.eu
Chateau de Montigny sur Aube in Burgundy, with magnificent orchards.
Chateau Montigny sur Avre, belonging to the Laval family, where the etchings were found at the back of a shelf, behind other books. Well, doesn’t everyone double or triple shelve their books?
Chateau de Montigny les Arsures looks like it might be the oldest one here. From Panoramio.
Chateau le Bretonneux in Montigny, in contrast, seems the newest.
A more modest proposal: Chateau de Montigny, la Fresnay sur Chedouet in Normandy.

 

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Friday Fun: It’s Those Chateaux Again!

Yes, I know I said there were some beautiful palaces all over Europe (and I haven’t even gone to other continents – that’s a thought for future posts!). But I still dream of that perfect little chateau somewhere in France… Perhaps because there are so many of them to choose from, something for every taste.

Chateau in Bergerac, of modest proportions. From Angloinfo Property website.
Chateau in Bergerac, of modest proportions. From Angloinfo Property website.
I can never resist a beautiful staircase, such as in this chateau in Aveyron.
I can never resist a beautiful staircase, such as in this chateau in Aveyron.
Another chateau in the same area, this one for doer-uppers, from excellentissimmo.com
Another chateau in the same area, this one for doer-uppers, from excellentissimmo.com
In the heart of Cognac country, from groupemercure.fr
In the heart of Cognac country, from groupemercure.fr
Another one ripe for renovation, Chateau de la Rochette, from Chateaux en France website.
Another one ripe for renovation, Chateau de la Rochette, from Chateaux en France website.
This one in Normandy seems to have an endless variety of wings, from Vitruve Associes website.
This one in Normandy reminds me of Windsor Castle, from Vitruve Associes website.
Nothing like a large conservatory for reading, like in this chateau near Tours, from masterhomes.net
Nothing like a large conservatory for reading, like in this chateau near Tours, from masterhomes.net

 

Friday Fun: Missing My Chateaux

I’m back in Geneva but only for the day, on a business trip, so I suspect I won’t be seeing any chateaux, but oh, how I miss them! Still, even more reason to dream about them, right?

Chateau de la Germoniere in Normandy, from wikiwand.com
Chateau de la Germoniere in Normandy, from wikiwand.com
Chateau Cormatin in south Burgundy, from chateauxenbourgognedusud.com
Chateau Cormatin in south Burgundy, from chateauxenbourgognedusud.com
Worthy renovation prokect, Chateau de Contay, Somme, from skyscrapercity.com
Worthy renovation project, Chateau de Contay, Somme, from skyscrapercity.com
Another Burgundy beauty, Chateau Digoine, from chateauxenbourgognedusud.com I bet they all have vineyards, too...
Another Burgundy beauty, Chateau Digoine, from chateauxenbourgognedusud.com I bet they all have vineyards, too…
Chateau Sainte Sabine operates as a hotel, so what are you waiting for?
Chateau Sainte Sabine operates as a hotel, so what are you waiting for?
Chateau du Citeaux la Cuillette is also open to visitors. Both are from the website chateauxhotels.com
Chateau du Citeaux la Cuillette is also open to visitors. Both are from the website chateauxhotels.com
I cannot finish this mini-exhibition without a castle from my department, Ain. Chateau de Flecheres, from ain-tourisme.fr
I cannot finish this mini-exhibition without a castle from my department, Ain. Chateau de Flecheres, from ain-tourisme.fr