July 18, 2016
Yesterday, we had a girls’ trip – Cici, Kiera (my granddaughter), Summer, and me. Ken (son-in-law) and his friend Kirk had taken a train trip to Berlin, and will be gone several days. So, we girls went to Chateau Usse’, which is the castle that inspired Charles Perrault to write Sleeping Beauty. It was about a 2 hour drive from our house, so by the time we got there it was lunch time. Luckily, there was a café’ and parking lot right across from the Chateau. After a nice lunch, we went into the castle. Summer, Cici and I had seen the castle 15 years ago when we did a tour of chateaux of the Loire Valley. But we all agreed they had done a lot of improvements to the castle. There was more furniture in the rooms open to the public (it is still occupied by the family who owns it). They also had added manequins in late 19th century clothing. In the Sleeping Beauty tower, they had added several rooms telling the story, with manaquins in costume. Kiera really liked it, but her favorite character she saw was Malificent (who obviously wasn’t in the original story.) Beautiful day for a drive.
By the way, for those of you who were concerned for us after the Bastille Day attack, we were just about as far away from Nice as you can get. Nice is on the southeastern coast near Italy, and we are way northwest of that area.