Empty country roads, cultural treasures, deep green forests and waving meadows were some of the highlights of my tour through Limousin. But on a trip like this, you also have to be prepared for encounters with knights and nobility, saints, and quite a few sinners.
The crowd moves back when the first knights reach the castle. The drawbridge lowers. The huge gate slowly opens, and a stream of coaches, riders, horses, cows and goats meander into the fortress.
My mind plays games while I'm sitting on a curb in the middle of the 700-souled village of Turenne and trying to capture the right angle for a mixture of narrow cobblestone streets and historic buildings in my camera's viewfinder. Turrene is located in Depártement Corrèze in southern Limousin. When you approach the village, the first recognizable features are parts of the ancient fortress, built in the eleventh century. After the French Revolution, only two towers and the square in between survived. The scene beams me back to a time when I built sand castles and defended them with plastic swords. But now, my only weapon, if you can call it that, is the camera. At least you can shoot with it.