The Last Road-trip: Nerac – Home of an Henri IV Chateau

Hello gentle readers. After another 3-month gap, I’m back with the story of my last road-trip in France.

It was a bright and sunny afternoon (he says, winking at the obvious reference) in the wonderful month of October. The last month before the six-month-long Toulouse grey season begins. The lovely missus and I hadn’t traveled much during the summer or early fall because we were prepping for our return back to the US (where she already was on this particular day). I wanted/needed to get out of the house and away from pre-packing activities. Someone – I don’t know whom – said that Nerac, in Aquitaine, was a pretty place and home to the remains of a chateau that, in its better days, was home to Henri IV, the Good King.

And so, on the aforementioned beautiful Sunday afternoon, I made the short (90 minutes) drive up the autoroute to Nerac. Perhaps the drive should’ve lasted longer. You see, when I arrived, the chateau was closed for another hour+, due to a private tour. Oh well, it gave me time to explore a bit of the pretty town.

Looking across the River Baise to the other side of town.

Looking across the River Baise to the other side of town.

L to R: Chateau, dyers, cathedral.

L to R: Chateau, dyers, cathedral.

Green River aka River Baise.

Green River aka River Baise.

Little dockside bistro and more.

Little dockside bistro and more.

Cousin Itt - house version.

Cousin Itt – house version.

When I returned after my little stroll, the museum was open. The woman behind the counter gave me a laminated, English-language guide to the place and off I went. During my reading, I learned the heritage of the street (rue d’Albret) where we lived in LegoLand. Turns out the Henri’s mom was Jeanne d’Albret. Jeanne, born Catholic, converted to Calvinism in the 1550s when she and her hubby were co-rulers of Navarre. This made her the highest ranking Protestant in France. Henri, also baptized Catholic, later converted to Protestantism as well.

Henri IV.

Henri IV.

West wing - the only wing left.

West wing – the only wing left.

This pretty much all there is to see.

This pretty much all there is to see.

It was a short visit. The chateau, Henri’s principal residence from 1577-1582, was pretty much destroyed during the French Revolution. Only the wing remains.

And then it was time to return home. The last road-trip was done. Sigh.

For more photos of the chateau and town, click here.

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2 Responses to The Last Road-trip: Nerac – Home of an Henri IV Chateau

  1. Mike Round says:

    Todd,
    I have taken some photos of the Lidl building site for you. I can email them to you on Monday, if that is OK, or you can send me your email address today, if you want..
    Mike

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