We walked all around the perimeter of the city on top of the ancient walls. It was actually quite a walk. Especially for little legs. Well especially if one has little legs attached to bodies that have to go to the bathroom – twice – during the walk – and there is only one bathroom back at the start (cough cough Aaron Ball cough cough)
|in front of the Tour de Constance|
The walls were built up later by Philippe the Bold and then by Philippe the Fair. (note: I really need a title like that. Perhaps “George the Well-Fed”)
The town is also famous in that it was used as a prison during the religious wars that took place after Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes in 1685 which had allowed protestantism. Since it was then illegal to not be catholic, they rounded up the Huguenots who refused to convert -and imprisoned them – many in the Tour de Constance – and some of them for decades.
So there you go – and update on our trip last month and a brief refresher on 17th century history…now that’s why you keep coming back here.