Sainte Suzanne, located not far from the town of Mayenne in Normandie, has the distinction of being one of the few fortresses that William the Conqueror was unsuccessful in overtaking. He and his forces tried in vain for three years to take the town, and eventually gave up; you can read more about that here. Today, Sainte Suzanne is one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France and is a lovely place to visit.
The château, built in the 11th century, sits high above the River Erve, allowing for expansive views of the valley below.
There are metal stairs inside the keep that will take you to the top to enjoy the view.
Inside the walled area of the château is an Interpretive Center for Architecture and Heritage, where you can learn more about the history of this large, well maintained structure.
The town itself, is very deserving of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France distinction.
We arrived at the village (about one hour from our home) just in time for lunch, after which we explored the town and château. As with most of the villages with this distinction, Sainte Suzanne is easily walkable.
For longer stays there are hotels, gites, and other options available. There are several restaurants in the town as well.
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A quick update on Neville, he seems to be quite content in his new home.
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