Château de Beynac

Château de Beynac, FR | ©Tom Palladio ImagesArchers scan across the clearing below, quivers filled with arrows earmarked for the enemy.

A trio of trebuchets move into position, massive rocky payloads await the call.

The captain of the guard barks out final instructions, armor-clad warriors listen and wait.

Non-combatants scatter, heavy doors bolted shut.

It is 1375, the 38th year of the bloody Hundred Years’ War between the kingdoms of England and France, and I was there.

Château de Beynac, FR | ©Tom Palladio ImagesSAY WHAAAAAT?

Well, not really. Just my imagination running wild during a visit to the Château de Beynac, a CASTLE in the Dordogne River Valley of France that saw its fair share of battles during that war that took the lives of generations of young men before it finally came to an end.

This photogenic rock-and-mortar locale stands at the top of a limestone cliff that overlooks part of the country’s old Périgord Noir in the Aquitaine region.

Today, Château de Beynac, privately owned and open to the public, stands quietly as an historic monument designated by the French Ministry of Culture.

From its perch, the castle offers spectacular panoramic views that make the hike up and back down the very steep, rocky path — sans armor — well worth the effort.

For more photographic interpretations of CASTLE, this week’s A Word-a-Week Challenge, just click HERE.

©The Palladian Traveler | ©Tom Palladio Images

The Palladian Traveler's Borsalino over cobblestone | ©Tom Palladio Images


Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along the travertine and cobblestone that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches via and Anthology Magazine Ireland.


  1. Wonderful! It has been many years since I was in France and this took me back, your pictures have a wonderful way of conjuring the romance of the region!


  2. What a beautiful castle, it would be fun to walk down those narrow streets and explore this beautiful place, thanks for sharing
    I’m inviting you to come join us for Travel Photo Mondays, the link is open all week starting on Mondays, look forward to your linking up 🙂


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