Impromptu visit to Casteljaloux

Sunday’s sad, sad sunflowers.


After Sundays torrential rain and a couple of soggy IPhones later I was excited to get out and about and do something touristy.  My lovely neighbour, an estate agent, was going to value a house close by the town of Casteljaloux and I cadged a lift.  Here’s what I found on my travels.

Below is The Cordeliers cloister and chapel dating from the 15th and 17th C.  “The Lords of Albret, the ascendants of Henri IVth, favoured the setting of the Franciscan order (the Cordeliers).  They preached charity and poverty, this is why the chapel is simple”


And then the Town Hall.  On this spot there used to be the St Nicolas Church, which became a protestant church and was then destroyed in 1683. The building was totally restored in 1988 and became the Town Hall.  On the front of the building is the arms and motto of Casteljaloux.

Fiat Pax In Virtute Tua And Abundatia In Turribus Tuis

(That peace reigns thanks to its strength and abundance remains in its towers.)

Sources: Town Trail leaflet – Casteljaloux Office de Tourisme


There was a lovely brocante in the main square with a very welcoming owner who let me take photos inside.


IMG_4383I particularly liked this mirror for 140


Old Casteljaloux consists of about 40 half timbered houses from the 15th and 16th centuries.  Some owners have taken great care to preserve their original features.

Half timbered 3

Half timbered 4 Half timbered 1

There is always beauty in the mundane of French towns, some weather beaten old doors, rusty gates and wrought iron detail.




And then I love the génoise roof lines.  According to Peter Mayle in the “Francophiles Essential Handbook”, it was during the 18th century that Italian maçons coming to Provence looking for work brought this design with them which was a solution to dripping walls and warped shutters.  The stepped rows of curved tiles built out from the wall adds a layer of about 20 inches to the roof line of the house.  In this case rain falls that distance away from the walls thus solving the soggy walls and shutters problem.  The number of rows was an indication of affluence and social standing.  Two rows for a modest bastide, three for La Mairie and four for the exceptionally wealthy.  You can of course purchase a modern version, that is precast in sections to save on labour time, from Leroy Merlin.

Genoise roof

A lovely Maison de Maître for sale with a commanding position in centre ville.

maison de metre

Sustenance, one has to eat.


Lunch 1


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