Access to the Château de Bertholène is rather unceremoniously blocked
Less than 5 miles from our house perches yet another village with, in my humble opionion, untapped tourist potential: Bertholène.
As my husband and I were driving to our New Year's Eve dinner in Lozère, we passed by this nearby village, which I don't often see as it is the opposite direction from Rodez.
Its skeletal clifftop castle -- basically just a façade, but a beautiful one -- was magnificently illuminated.
I remembered that when the girls were much younger, and "getting out" was a necessity on weekends, we had taken them to it on several occasions.
I had to go back.
Fortunately, I have a compact camera
New Year's Day was brightly sunny, and no sooner were we home from our New Year's Eve overnight that I was out exploring again. I couldn't wait to stroll around the Bertholène château grounds and take in the view.
No such luck.
Despite its proximity, Bertholène is part of a different "canton," or small administrative district, and I really don't know what is going on with its château -- perhaps there are security issues, or perhaps one can only walk around it during the summer.
At some risk to my wrists, I stuck my camera through the make-shift wooden barrier, and managed to snap this photo.
I left the large château parking lot feeling quite frustrated.
However, my New Year's Day outing would not be in vain, as we will see in coming posts!