Tuesday, April 24, 2012

La Roche-Guyon: the castle where the bus has no return


article from I Collect Castles.com

La Roche-Guyon

La Roche-Guyon is a must see castle within Ile-de-France. We went there around my husband's birthday, for a b-day castle visit/b-day trip and we were very impressed with it.
We were totally mesmerized by the scenery, the castle is medieval and was built on a high cliff in the 12th century. There is a manor house below the medieval castle; that's actually where your visit starts.
The inside court of the manor house takes you all the way up to the fortified castle through an underground tunnel staircase carved in the rocky cliff.

Quite a few steep steps, very dark, but definitely worth it.


The panoramic view from the top of the cliff is priceless. 
      

Weird thing to remember regarding bus route! It takes you to the castle, but it doesn't take you back. 

First let's see how to get there:
1. Take Transilien train from Paris Saint Lazare train station >> Mantes-la-Jolie station
2. Shuttle bus from Mantes-la-Jolie >> castle
This is the tricky part, we took it thinking it would be only normal for the bus to have a return route; but its return wasn't passing by the castle. At least not that day ;)
Luckily we came up with the great plan of taking the bus from the same station we arrived at. The bus took us a few stops further where its route was somehow connected to a return station.
At least we have a funny story to tell.

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