Posted by: kathandroger | September 16, 2012

Troglo lunch

This weekend we’ve had ‘les journees de la patrimoine’, the heritage days, when thousands and thousands of cultural and historical sites open free of charge or at reduced rates, or lay on special events. I went to the tourist info the other day to suss out what was going on and was astonished at the size of the booklet I was given of all the things going on in the immediate area. Often they are little private chateaux that are not normally open to the public, but also regular attractions putting on interesting and surprising  entertainments.

I noted that a nearby chateau at the village of La Celle Guenand was putting on a medieval lunch with a spit roast suckling pig in the troglodyte caves under the chateau. That’ll could be worth a look, I thought…









It was a beautiful day and as with all these things, the event was very low-key but extremely well organised. After our ‘medieval aperitif’ we took to our bench in the delightfully candlelit cave to enjoy our excellent lunch. As we ate we reflected on our wonderful setting and how lucky we are to be surrounded by numerous similar little gems, pretty much in the middle of nowhere!

The chateau dates back to the 15th century, although there are a series of underground tunnels that date back to well before that time. They have been used over the centuries as refuges when the chateau was being attacked and we were able to visit the tiny little chambers where people hid all those hundreds of years ago. We can only imagine what it might have been like…a bit smelly I would suggest!!

Over the road from the chateau is a small museum we have cycled past many times, and Roger, being a bit of a tool-freak, has always expressed a wish to visit…La Musee de l’Outil – the tool museum! It is housed in a disused school building and apart from a fabulous mural, doesn’t look that promising from the outside. We arrived at the same time as another english couple and about 6 french. The chap on the desk was almost overcome by the sudden rush!! I reckon we probably doubled the take for the week…

Anyway, the museum has 6,300 tools on display, representing 130 different professions. I feared it would be all spanners and planes, but was pleasantly surprised to see a large collection of sewing machines!!! (what a girlie I have become!). Seriously, though, it is quite an amazing collection which was excellently presented by the chap on the desk (who I suspect is a volunteer) and rounded off a thoroughly well spent afternoon.



  1. We did the troglo lunch last year… and very good it was too!
    We did La Guerche and Chateau de Chambon this year… two places, like the Musée de l’Outil, we hadn’t yet visited!
    Just starting our tomato rush… and having to blow the spuds out of the ground to harvest them… you don’t want any courgettes… do you?

  2. Glad you had a good day out. Had we been in France we would have gone along.

  3. Lovely to hear from you Gaynor. Hope all’s well with you both.

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