The second castle on our tour sits on a promontory above lovely Larochette village, about 25 km north of Luxville.
|and there it is|
Here's a quick reminder of where we are:
I guess the 11th century was a good one for castle-building, because it's the estimated original construction period for Larochette castle, too. But this one really is "just" a ruin, except for the restoration of one of the family houses (partially visible in in the pictures above). The castle achieved ruin status beginning in the 16th century when struck by a fire.
|B) Bourglinster C) Larochette|
|One of the fun things about ruins is climbing around on them. This picture needs more climbing kids.|
Wait for it....
|ACK! And it's life-sized.|
The restored manor was filled with "interesting" modern art as well. It's a shame, really, because the interior was pretty nifty otherwise. I mean, I like art as much as the next gal, but why couldn't they just let the castle be interesting just by being a castle? Wikipedia currently states the manor is filled with period artwork. Yeah, not anymore. Perhaps it's a temporary exhibition. One can hope.
|The well. We like looking down these.|
|sometimes a ruin needs a little help to keep it from becoming more ruined|
We spotted a path leading up to the castle, presumably from the village, and another little tower flying the Luxembourgish flag across the valley (you can barely see it in the photo above) with some people out on it. Those might be fun hikes to go back and try in the future.
Maybe we'll call ahead about the art next time.