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Chateau de Thorens, a de Sales family home

One of the sites we visited in France is a chateau which is still owned by the family of Saint Francis de Sales in Thorens, France. Francis came from a family of means and his father dreamed of him becoming a lawyer. Although he finished his education in both civil and canon law, he followed his dream of becoming a priest.
Yep. A moat and a drawbridge.
We were met by the regional directress of the Daughters of St. Francis de Sales. She is pictured
her with our tour guide, Maria, who served as translator when language barriers impeded
communication. Maria speaks six languages and was a marvelous guide for our tour.
A portion of the kitchen...
...and the "dishwasher".
These are two portraits of St. Francis de Sales. The one on the left may be familiar to you.
The one on the right shows him toward the end of his life.

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