Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Journées du Patrimoine 2009 - 2016
Les Journées du Patrimoine 2009.
We were asked to open our house to the public on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September 2009 for the European Heritage Weekend - Les Journées du Patrimoine. Despite the showery weather and the fact that it was the first time we had been asked officially to participate, we had a great time !
It was exciting seeing our house printed in the offical magazine for the Aquitaine Region and putting up signs and posters in readiness for the afternoon visits. It was worrying not knowing who would turn up. We had over 20 visitors on the Saturday at a steady pace which meant we had the time to show everyone around the outside and inside of our home.
The Sunday was quite different ! We had about 100 visitors in the afternoon and we did our best !!
Hopefully everyone who came enjoyed the tours and I know that we enjoyed sharing our home and its history with so many people. We have page after page filled in our Visitors Book with some wonderful comments, by so many of the visitors; thank you very much indeed !! We had an impressive mix of nationalities - English, French, Dutch, Belgian, German, Swedish and American !!
Les Journées du Patrimoine 2010.
Following the success of 2009 we opened again in 2010, the 18th and 19th September.
This time we worked with "Les Amis de la Roche Blanche", an association dedicated to preserving the memory of the quartz and the site at St Paul la Roche. They held an exhibition in the Salle des Fêtes and we opened on the Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday. It seemed to work well, visitors could see our house and the exhibition, 2 for the price of 1 !
The weather was wonderful: this time, blue sky, mild and sunny, we had between 200 - 250 visitors over the 2 days !!
Apologies to those who had to wait at times or perhaps did not get the chance to see everything properly (come back in 2011 !) - at times we really felt that we were under invasion !
Having said that, we found it as much of a thrill and pleasure to share our home with so many people who are interested in the heritage and history of France, it really does make all the hard work so worth while. Again, we had a great number of wonderful comments covering many pages in our Visitors Book which has now become part of the history of the house.
Les Journées du Patrimoine 2011.
17th and 18th September 2011, we opened our doors once again to the public. Over the 2 afternoons we had just over 100 visitors. Once again, our thanks to all those who came, we had a great time and your enthusiasm and presence encourages us to continue with the work as and when time and funds permit.
Les Journées du Patrimoine 2012. 2012 saw slightly fewer visitors than 2011. We opened on the 15th and 16th September for the afternoons and the sun shone ! The people who came were very interested and very interesting and we had a chance to chat with everyone as the groups were smaller.
Les Journées du Patrimoine 2013.
Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September 2013 were rather wet and windy with a few rays of sunshine late on the Sunday afternoon. Despite the weather we had around 80 visitors over the two afternoons. Those that came were very interested in the history of the building and what we had done with it. They were also very interesting to talk with and it was nice to have the time to chat, not always the case when a lot of people visit !
Les Journées du Patrimoine 2014.
We opened our house to the public on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st September as part of Les Journées du Patrimoine and as part of an historical and geological circuit, organised by the tourist offices of Jumilhac-le-Grand and Lanouille.
The weather was kind to us, hot and sunny. Over the two days we had over 100 visitors. They left some very kind comments in the visitors book, now forming part of the history of the property, and it was a pleasure to share with them our home and share their knowledge and enthusiasm, we would like to thank them all.
We look forward to seeing many more of you in 2015, either by appointment between April and October or during the Journées du Patrimoine in September 2015 !
Les Journées du Patrimoine 2015.
"Templars" was once again open to the public for guided tours during the European Heritage Weekend on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September 2015.
We were delighted to welcome over 150 visitors and would like to thank them all for their enthusiasm, interest and kind comments. Thank You.
Les Journées du Patrimoine 2016.
Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th September we opened our doors in the afternoons despite the weather being cloudy and cooler than recent days.
Yet again we were surprised and humbled by the number of people who came to look around our home. Thank you to one and all ! We had 150 visitors, 8 nationalities and some interesting questions and comments, we shall look forward to the 2017 edition !
Remember, "Templars" can be visited free of charge, by appointment, from April until October each year.