First night, Fright Night

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le frelon asiatique

The castle’s halls play host to insects and dust. A ‘nid de frelons’ or hornets’ nest on the first floor sabotages our romantic idea of spending the first night in the château on a mattress on the floor, so we make camp in the smaller hunters lodge, ‘la maison de chasse’ across the field.

The sun-filled morning after, some people tell us that hornets attack without provocation, three stings and you’re dead and other such tales. Others explain they will only attack if they feel under threat, much like any other wasp or bee. This city girl better discover her country side.


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