We drove through the middle of Les Cars, looking the wrong way and only on our second pass, spotted the castle. It was big enough and late enough to sport a great number of chimneys. Since glass in the 'wind-eyes' was not considered a necessity, one cannot imagine the fire raised the air temperature.
La Route Coeur de Lion - Chateau Lastours
So, should the urge to climb on the ruins not be (s)quashed by the falling stones, the snakes should do the trick.
Puylaurens Castle, built on an amazing pinnacle of rock. French castles were adapted to the use of arbalasters and primitive guns. The square holes allowed defenders to fire them in relative safety. My experience of English Castles is that they had vertical arrow slits, for longbow use.
The sheer height and inaccessibility of this and Queribus are mind blowing.
Play the slideshow below.
About this Blog
My travels through contemporary France in search of Richard the Lionheart and relics of his 12th century kingdom.
Paris, Rouen then the Duchy of Aquitaine, seeking useful detail and atmosphere for the second novel in the Lionheart Chronicles.