|Coming from Paris on the Way of St james, about 50 km south of Chartres, an impressive stop : Châteaudun.|
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According to the dictionnaries of symbols, in dreams and in reality fortresses and castles are the symbols of protection. They give the impression they offer safety, like a house, but more so.
On your way to Santiago, on foot or by bicycle, the châteaux you may see are like palaces and places of leasure.
As you walk on the banks or the river Loir you'll discover the castle of Châteaudun ... A few bridges and watermills and you have the vision of these buttresses. It's the first castle of the Loire region. The first one on your way to the south. It's also the witness of the arrival of Renaissance in middle age environment.
Tired ? Don't try to go downtown,
you would have to climb the 200 steps stairs...