Visiting the castle of Saint-Germain-de-Livet


The weather has been more clement this last week, and a couple days ago I went to visit this lovely castle, near Lisieux where I had been before, but without a camera.

Saint-Germain de Livet

A small XV-XVI century castle with a moat

A beautiful place, complete with a small park

Looking at the park

Looking over the park

This is how the checkered effect is made

wall detail

All the bricks come from Pays d’Auge

And the moat wouldn’t be complete without a family of swans, would it!


She kept her foot out for the longest time… I wonder why

It’s nice to get into the castle, but except for the first room, which has some amazing frescoes, the rest of the place has been filled with all sorts of things, mostly bits left by the former owner, who left the castle and its contents to the town of Lisieux.
But the castle itself and the gardens are just beautiful.


Inside the first room

More of my photos of Saint-Germain de Livet here or here as a slideshow

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16 thoughts on “Visiting the castle of Saint-Germain-de-Livet

  1. Claude,

    Lovely chateau!

    I think the swan was drying her nail varnish. You know how long it takes for that stuff to dry and if you smudge it, you have to do it all over again. 😉

  2. Finally, you have a day without rain!! 😉 Loved all your photos but the one of the castle with the moat – just beautiful – the blue sky, the puffy clouds and the shimmering water –

    Thanks for another great sightseeing trip!!

  3. These are just delightful pictures, Claude. I’m ready to pack and come stay in the castle. Yes, I, too, am curious about the swan keeping her foot out. Guess we’ll never know.

  4. Beautiful slideshow. Thank you for the visit. It seems that time has stopped and we’re back in the past, enjoying quiet hours, watching the graceful swans…

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