More, because I like this photogenic town so much, and the grand park which Cardinal Richelieu created as the setting for his château.
These shots give some idea of the straight lines of the streets. First the Grande Rue, where the architects built houses for the town’s elite (with one of the monumental town gates visible at the end of the street); then of back streets, where the workshops, butcheries, tanneries, and working-class residences were.
Now pictures of the back gardens of some of the houses on the perimeter streets that parallel the town walls. The gardens extend to a few stone steps down to a narrow stream – actually the river, made narrow in these locations by the 17th-century engineers to control its flow and facilitate moving waste out of the town. And the town walls, which are only waist-high, then rise on the other side of the stream. I stood at the wall to take these shots.
Photos taken in the glorious château park, on different days:
There was a 5K race one day, through the town and then through the park. After the adults had finished their race, a much shorter race was held for children. Here are some of the kids waiting for the start of their race:
Finally, here is the statue of the Cardinal himself (based on a famous portrait of him), which stands in a place of honor between one of the town gates and the entrance to the park.