Finally the weather has turned nice again – a nice breeze has replaced the gales and the sun seems warm again. We went round the castle next door – Château de Tarascon. This is an impressive middle age structure, inhabited by various French toffs before it eventually became a prison. The locals eventually started to restore it in the 19th century before it ceased to be a prison in the early 20th century.
Fountain of Fortune – we could be doing with this
Looks like there could be a few stairs to climb
There were more than a few – there were lots and lots and lots:
On the roof with mountains in the distance
On the way up we got to see a mural of The Tarasque, a local beast of folklore, half dragon, half bear, half ox, and half turtle and half scorpion. Those are too many halves to make a whole, but there seems to some confusion locally about the relative proportions of the components. Eventually, it came a cropper at the hands of the villagers following the intervention of some young woman, and now there are images of it all over the place. Here it is:
Tarasque of Tarascon
The above is an artwork by M. Chirstain Lacroix. We think this is also the Tarasque:
We can make out the tail, body, head and teeth, but what is that in its mouth?
There were some other strange things on display, like this unfortunate chap:
Wasn’t he in Quatermass and the Pit?
Bye the time we left we realised we spent three hours wandering around this place. Decent value for money.