How to Enjoy the Sites in Combourg France

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This idyllic town is set next to a lake and was the home of the famous writer Viscount Rene de Chateaubriand (1768 to 1848).

The Cat’s Tower also referred to as Chateau de Combourg is a tower dating from the era of the 1300s to 1400s.  Herein is where the writer created many of his highly-significant and world-renowned works.

“Atala and Rene” was internationally acclaimed during the 1800s and his voluminous work “History of Christianity” was an essential read for the greater part of the European continent.

There is a gray-skyed, maudlin sort of ambience to this historical locale and you may read about its comfortable austerity in Chateaubriand’s well-regarded “Memories d’outre-tombe” which translates to:  “Memories from Beyond the Tomb”.

You can actually feel the jest of the historic work as you traverse and/or view the seemingly forlorn countryside of woods, ponds and grassy lands.

The Chateau provides its visitor an interior presentation of rooms of the neo-Gothic persuasion along with the manuscripts of the famous author who captured so much inspiration from its location.

Travel up into the Chateau de Combourg and you will find Chateaubriand’s harsh sleeping quarters.  I believe it would be advisable to read through the writer’s works prior to paying a visit to the famous site:  it will just make visiting the site all the more pleasurable.

In recap, get your hands on the following works (if possible) and read prior to descending upon this (significant) destination:

1)  “Atala and Rene”:  This important novel is about a romantic affair between an American woman and a French soldier–the outcome of their union is (dreadfully) sad.

2)  “The History of Christianity is enormous as to content; and,

3)  “Memories d’outre-tombe” once again traslated to:  “Memories from Beyond the Tomb” is for those readers who are more bent toward manuscripts of the “Edgar Allen Poe” style of content.

Additionally, you may wish to read a biography relative to the historically famous author.  I find such preparation makes any site-seeing adventure as I’m proposing (herein) all the more worthwhile and interesting.  You will just be adding layers of cultural richness to your overall experience:  it is highly recommended.

The Chateau naturally provides its visitors (interesting) guided tours.  The times you may visit are April through October, Sunday through Friday 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; park hours of operation are April through October and Sundary through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to noon and 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  If you wish to phone them up in regard to tour information the number is:  02-99-73-22-95.

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Next, if you travel approximately eleven miles in an easterly direction away from Combourg, you will find the Chateau de La Ballue.  This particular structure dates from the earlier part of the seventeeth century.

I believe what you will like most about this site are the gardens which provide the visitor with modernistic sculpture and tree-lined areas, ferns, rows of evergreens along with “mazey” complexity.

This is also a place to stay as the interior offers its guest  rich wood walls and a massive stone constructed staircase.  There are five magnificent guest rooms bathed in tapestries and furnished with gorgeous four-poster  beds.  There is also the opportunity to dine on the premises.  They are located at mail address:  Bazouges-la-Perouse and you may phone them for advanced reservations at:  02-99-97-47-86.  Assure you make your reservations for this particular stay option well in advance if you visit and also indicate whether or not you will be dining with them.

The Gardens are open May through the middle portion of July and the month of September — Friday through Sunday, Hours 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and, mid-July through August on a daily basis from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m..

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