"Birthplace of William the Conqueror" Falaise by Beausoleil

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Chateau of William the Conqueror

William the Conqueror seemed to have quite a few chateaus strategically spread around France. I suppose this is necessary if you are going to conquer people. It is fun to visit them.

Falaise is a small but busy town and there are superb views from the chateau so a visit is highly recommended. The town is on the N158 from Caen and is easy to reach.

There are also two churches well worth a visit and an excellent little restaurant in the town.

Climb to the top of the chateau and look out.

Renovation continues at the chateau site and there is a very controversial entrance. It is very modern cast cement but it looks like something William would have built if he had had the materials at the time. It is forbidding and that was the purpose.

You enter through a gift shop and the tour is audio guided in your choice of languages.

One of the two excellent churches in town center

There is a church across from the Hotel de Ville by the chateau and then a bit further downtown is St. Gervais. Both are worth more than a few minutes.

If you have the time, there are excellent walks in the nearby countryside.

Don't miss the lovely little restaurant, la Fine Fourchette.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Quiet and very friendly, lots of history
  • In a nutshell:Intense history presented in an interesting manner. Great views, friendly people.
  • Intro Written Jun 26, 2007
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