Les Journees du Patrimoine were this past weekend -- the weekend every year during which everyone is encouraged to get out and get in touch with their history. It started in France but has been renamed "Les Journées Européennes du Patrimoine" and has spread to 49 countries.
Historic buildings which are usually closed to the public are opened up and tours are given and, in some locations, re-enactments of historic events are done in costume. G, N and I drove up to the Chateau Montgey, about 14km or a 20 minute drive from Soreze. We were given the tour of the outer walls, the courtyard, the chapel and the great hall, portions of which were built in the 12th, 13th and 17th century, by the daughter of the house.
There's a good picture of a model of the Chateau Montgey and a bit of the history here.
Back home, it was great to see Soreze teeming with families and children of all ages out to see the historical sights here in the village: l' Abbaye-Ecole, le clocher Saint-Martin, l'oppidum de Berniquaut.
But we had a vernissage to attend. More on that tomorrow.