Tuesday, 23 February 2010

ABC Wednesday - Fort

I was going to do Freezing for F, but at the last moment thought, no winter has gone on for far too long, what about something from the dimly remembered summer. So I turn to a day at the beginning of September when the temperature was 28 degrees centigrade and the skies were clear blue, oh we can only dream of that at the moment in these northerly climes.  Although it has to be said, the skies are blue at the moment, but its a cold zero degrees blue.

Seen through the trees in the distance is the fairytale castle that is Fort La Latte

Do you recognise it?  Perhaps if you have ever seen the 1958 film The Vikings with Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis as unlikely Vikings.  This Fort was one they were battling over, however it was supposed to be in England somewhere, Northumberland I think,  but filming in France would be a much more attractive option.  Kirk Douglas attempts to storm the castle here

Fort La Latte is on the Emerald Coast from this viewpoint it is just a dot on the far promontory, but

looking the other way is one of the famous parts of the coast Cap Frehel  The colours at this time of year are of the vivid yellow gorse and purple heather.
The Cap Frehel's two lighthouses, old and new.  But until, as Stanley Kunitz calls it,
"the iron door of the north" clangs shut

then dream of fairytale castles, warm seas and sandy coves and the fluttering of butterflies, for there were many in this floral heath, but too fast for me and my camera.

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Mara said...

It really is a fairytale castle, even if it is a fort! And I can't really imagine either Tony Curtis or Kirk Douglas in the role of Vikings. But I guess that's why they are actors!

Sylvia K said...

What a lovely fairytale castle indeed! And your photos are magnificent! What a beautiful place! Marvelous for the F day! Thanks for sharing these! Hope your week is going well!


Life with Kaishon said...

Wow. That is so beautiful! I love your picture. Fantastic!

Tumblewords: said...

Stupendous! A beautiful part of the world!

Jama said...

wow, what a gorgeous place !

photowannabe said...

Amazing land and castle. Thanks for the history of it.

LeAnn * ~ See Great Things said...

I love the look of this and would love to see it. I have not seen the movie, but now I would like to. :}

Troy said...

I firmly believe that as a child I lived in a castle like this one, until I was kidnapped by travelling nomads and abandoned with the family who raised me.

I would love a place like this, but sure would hate to try to maintain it.

Fabulous F post!

Andy said...
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Andy said...

Yes, Tony Curtis and Kirk Douglas in The Vikings. as a kid I saw the movie when it first came out in the movie theaters. I now have it on DVD.
Your photos have really captured the fairytale feeling. You have a good eye for photography.

lv2scpbk said...

What a wonderful place to sit and relax with your thoughts.

On behalf of the ABC team, thanks for participating this week.

Spiderdama said...

Wow, what a wonderful place and Fort! Beautiful shots and so nice to see a place without snow:-)

Amy said...

Stunning photos - watched the "one-eyed" Kirk Douglas storm the fort! Thanks for visiting my "f" post!

Roger Owen Green said...

A mighty fortress you have shown. striking.
On behalf of the ABC Wednesday team, thank you!

Mitt eget krypin said...

Wow, how many nice photos. I love those old Forts and bildings in Great Britain and Ireland
Have a nice weekend/
Ulla and Brian