In 1750, one Jean Henri Latude escaped from the Château de Vincennes. This magnificent castle dates back almost 900 years to 1150, where it started life as a hunting lodge for Louis VII, the King of the Franks. Over the years it was built into a proper castle — today the grounds still house the highest medieval keep in Europe — and has a long and illustrious history. Mata Hari was executed there, the Nazis occupied the castle during WWII and yesterday I found myself touring the room in which the Marquis de Sade was imprisoned.
|The Château de Vincennes|
|The north entrance of the grounds|
|The keep at Vincennes|
If Latude's idiocy surprises you, you'll be doubly surprised to learn his cunning plan to stay out of prison: he wrote a letter to the king, trusting his mercy and explaining where he was hiding. Louis XV, like his mistress, was not amused and imprisoned Latude in the Bastille.
|Panoramic view of the grounds|
|The remnants of the moat around the keep|
|Forgive the poor quality of the photos.|
My iPhone's update seems to have degraded the camera quality
Instead, he remained in Paris and was imprisoned. Again.
|The courtyard around the keep|
|Our daughter had a fabulous, but tiring time.|