Our recent guest at La Maison des Deux Clochers just sent me this photo of her husband Brian in front of the doorway to the kitchen.
Brian is, granted, very tall but he is far from being the only guest at La Maison des Deux Clochers who experienced a thorough bang on the head as a daily reminder that people really were much shorter in 1789. This is the year the house was built – around the same time as the Bastille was being stormed and Revolutionary mobs were unleashed in the streets of Paris.
The door (and the doorjam) are definitely items that date back to 1789 – if guests have a gander at the elaborate and massive hinges you can see how they are definitely not the kind purchased at your local Home Depot (or Bricorama in France). They were forged and beaten by hand courtesy of the village ironmonger.
But this may be little consolation to Brian who has now moved onto the Rhone Valley to nurse his cranial bruises – hopefully with the help of a little wine. Nobody said it was easy living inside a history lesson!