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.
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.
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