Château de Fléchères

In July 2019, Georgia and I cruised between Avignon and Lyon, France, via the Rhone River on the Viking Buri. As you can see from the first photo, the Buri is a longship of the type that has made Viking River Cruises famous. While our stateroom was small, we did not spend much time in it. During the day, we were on excursions touring the local cities and countryside. When we were on the ship, the meals and service were excellent. We highly recommend this method of travel.

This trip consists of Rhone River Cruise (previously published) and Château de Fléchères (this one).

Fléchères is the largest château open to visitors around Lyon. Built in one go from 1606 to 1625 and preserved intact, it offers an exceptional picture of the life of the grandees of Lyon in the 17th century.

In 1632, the painter Pietro Ricchi, who had just arrived from Tuscany, realized an astonishingly varied decor, surpassing all those known in France from this period, for its quality, scale, and state of conservation.

The visit to the château also allows admiration of the great carved fireplaces, the grand open staircase, a Louis XV paneled apartment with rich furnishings, and the early kitchens in working order.

Over 30 ha, the garden à la française and the park ‘à l’anglaise’ invite a wander under the magnificent trees and afford fine views of the château and the Beaujolais hills. (Chateau promotional material)

I want to thank John Batdorff and Staci Prince of for their curating, Lightroom, and website assistance.

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