This week we’re heading back to Europe, to the Auvergne Region of France. I was reading A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, which inspired me to check out this area. Harkness’ vampire character, Matthew Clairmont (aka de Clermont), had his home base in a castle nestled somewhere in Auvergne. On further research, Anne Rice’s vampire Lestat also hailed from here, being born the “son of the marquis d’Auvergne”. Taking a look at the pictures, it is easy to understand the ancient nature of this part of France which lends a certain authenticity as an origin or home for vampires.
To me, this looks like a place that stands outside of time and still retains much of its natural beauty. Let’s start our tour:
Ancient brick work surround by a lush garden is reminiscent of a scene in
Harkness’ novel, from which a character is abducted.
This would be a forboding place to visit, perfect even for the likes of Nosferatu.
de Clermont’s castle is named “Sept-tours” for the 7 towers built around
the main area. This seems like a good inspiration for the
fictitious abode (minus 3 of those towers).
The Auvergne Region is also known for its “extinguished volcanoes”.
It almost appears that modern day living has no place amongst these buildings.
Even the B&B’s look as though arriving in the evening would be a little
scary for vampire believers
The first signs of modern day; this would be a lovely area for a walk.
Much like certain other famous vampires, de Clermont prefers hunting animals.
What better place than this hilly, tree filled site?
Simply stunning countryside! Ah, one day….