As our holiday drew to a close there was just enough time left for the family to play tourist and visit a local castle.
As the car wound its way slowly round the roads of Les Andelys, it was clear from the eldest that she was indicating signs of “are we nearly there yet”. “Just a little further” we tried reassuring her but guessing that at her age she didn't understand.
We passed a huge church (possibly Saint Saviour’s church) that reminded me of the Notre Dame in Paris and my husband was keen to visit after our trip to Chateau Gaillard but alas we ran out of time. Perhaps one day we will return and have a look around.
Settled on an embankment overlooking the River Seine and Les Andelys, Chateau Gaillard was built by Richard The Lion Heart (King of England and Duke of Normandy) around 1196. The castle was ordered to be demolished in 1598 and the building was used to create other buildings around the area. They are now restoring the castle with the latest work having been carried out between 2011 and 2013. It was thought that the castle looked like this illustration.
On a beautiful sunny day like it was when we visited you can see all around and the view certainly is magnificent. During the summer months there are mediaeval activities to draw in the tourists but alas we didn't see any when we visited. My hubby did however see two geocaches out of four while we were up there. Well you didn't think we could leave those out do you?