These photos are all from Caen Castle, or the Château de Caen as it is known in French. The castle and surrounding grounds were originally built by William the Conqueror before he left to conquer England. Today, the castle grounds are home to many buildings including the Musée de Normandie and Le Mancel Restaurant du Château where I had dinner with a group of educators.
That evening after dinner, each of my colleagues made a short speech and shared their highlights of our trip. When it was my turn to speak, I found myself drowned out by the sound of the barista steaming milk for cappuccinos. I had to pause occasionally to be heard and the group thought this was funny. Eventually the barista caught on to what was happening and started to time his making noise at the espresso machine with my speaking. Not to be outdone, I tried to speak louder and then started playing up that I was growing frustrated at not being heard. This went on back and forth with each of us getting louder until everyone was killing themselves with laughter. It was a great moment that saved my speech — I really didn’t have much to say that hadn’t already been said.
Afterwards, a few colleagues and I explored what remains of the castle’s ramparts and walked along the top. But my favourite was the huge moat filled with sheep who are there just to eat the grass and keep it short. I never did discover if there was a safe way down into the moat. And I have no idea how the sheep get in or out.
The tall spire in one of the photos below is not part of the castle grounds, but is actually from the Church of Saint-Pierre which sits just outside the castle walls.