Sun 19 May 2013
The weather has been bad here the last few days with more rain on the way so, even if I wanted to go outside, there wouldn’t be many opportunities for photos so I’m posting a bit more on the very interesting walled city of Brouage. It was a really important place at one time, not only for military reasons but it was also the top exporter of salt. The areas eventually became unusable and that trade died out.
I saw a bust of Richlieu and wondered why until I read a girl that King Louis XIV loved was sent here to Bourage to separate the two lovers so a marriage could be arranged for political reasons. Life can be an opera for some people, especially if you are a king.
One of the turrets on the wall which surrounds Bourage. I always wonder about the soldiers who had to stand in these day and night looking for possible enemy approaching. Not how I would want to pass my time in a job.