After hiking the Chateau de Crussol, we drove over to the Chateau de Crest to check out the medieval castle in the town of Drome called La Tour de Crest. The drive to the Crest is so beautiful and reminds me of driving along the East Coast in the USA.
Once you arrive in the town, you look for the Le Tour signs and follow them through these super cute town walkways.The brick, gardens and colorful buildings throughout makes Le Crest so cute.It is a bit of a hike to the top and you keep climbing with every corner you turn, but, I promise it’s totally worth it.Once you see this big door, you’ve finally reached the entrance.You pass this note on the wall and go into the ticket office to get an English version of the tour guide which explains the history of every room in the castle.This is a replica of the castle when it was originally built back in 1120.Next to it, this sign is so cool. Each emblem below is the shape of the top of each castle built. It also explains a bit about the castle style.There are about 6 floors you can climb with a rich history in each of the rooms.Like this guide of what would’ve been prepared and served for meals in the dining hall.We never did figure out what the concrete balls were for but guessed it may have been to place on the prisoners when the castle was converted to a prison in the 1800’s.All over the walls are inscriptions from the various prisoners who were tied up on the pegs in the walls.As you climb to the top, you make it to the first terrace.The first was used to collect rain water and filtered it down to the first floor through the drains.The very top terrace was used to keep an eye on anyone coming to the castle.It is so high up at the top but you get amazing views of the city.The next stop on our trip was to Lyon for my second round of work meetings. I’ll do a quick recap of LesLeBaux de Provence then move onto Nice, Menton, Monaco and more!
Here are my France Recaps for this trip: