Jalcary is a personal website of me, Jacques Arnault Carrey, a financial analyst from London. Hello there, and welcome. My name is Jacques and this website is a personal blog of mine where I will talk about castles, chateaus, fortresses, forts and everything else in between. Due to my heritage I will mostly focus on these beautiful structures that are located in France, but since whole of Europe is rich with these beacons of history, I can’t help not to wander outside of borders of my homeland. What you can expect from this website are historical write ups about castles that I like, that I have visited, etc. Gallery dumps of photos and videos that I’ve taken with my camera drone. I’ve never had a website before, and making this is a sort of a learning experience for me, so if you see mistakes, don’t hold it against me.

What does Jalcary mean, how did I end up in London?

Jalcary is just a nickname that I use on the web, when registering in places online. Everyone I know knows me by this nickname so I thought it might be a good name for my homepage as well. Name of the website isn’t really that important, what’s important is what we’re going to be talking about, that’s what you should be focusing on.

Anyway, to answer the question that’s probably on your mind, how did I end up in London exactly, and what is it with my name, it’s both French and English. how did that happen? I was actually born and raised in London and I still live in this great city. My mom is French, who met my dad in Liverpool while she did a semester abroad kind of thing. They married, settled in London and that’s how I ended up here, with this weird name combo. I’m many ways I’m just your regular financial analyst that works in the City. I like jogging, going to the gym, playing around with tech, driving nice cars, and oddly enough, I also love history, especially historical structures like chateaus, castles, forts, cottages, you name it. In my spare time I like to travel, visit interesting places that are full of history, record them with my camera drone, take pictures and share it all here on the website. That is basically what we’re going to be talking about. So if you don’t like history, castles, motes, draw bridges, and everything else along these lines, you’d better leave now.

So you’re lying about being French? What’s the deal with castles?

Technically speaking, I didn’t lie about being French, I am half French, and I spent a lot of time in my childhood with my grandparents in France. I consider both England and France my homeland, but France has a special place in my heart when it comes to castles. I’m not sure why. It could be because I have fond memories of my Papi and Mamie taking me on rides throughout the countryside and up to castles, chateaus and forts. Not that there aren’t those in England as well, it’s just I didn’t experience those like I did their counterparts in France.

Discovering castles and through travel

Even though we now live in an age when you can do a Google search and have a list of castles in a particular country listed in just a few mouse clicks, the way I like to go about discovering new castles is by traveling through the countryside, visiting villages and small towns and seeing what kind of historical structures are waiting for me along the way. Most small towns and villages in Europe have had some kind of structure built by either former/current ruling families, local noblemen or some other third party.

It doesn’t have to be a enormous castle. It can be a small fort, or a small chapel. If nothing else, there will always be a chapel. Traveling and discovering these hidden gems along your travels is a much more satisfying endeavour than just looking up the location of something online, putting it in your GPS and driving there. Doing things that way you cheat yourself out of the sense of discovery.

Once I find something, something that peaks my interest, I photograph that something from both ground and air, using my remote controlled drone. I take lots of photos and add them to my collection. That way I can easily look them up later on, and refresh my memory of all the places that I have visited. Another thing that my photo capture allows me to do is make interesting content for Jalcary, my website.

Jalcary website – what we’re all about

I started this website because I needed a place to publish and organize everything that I experienced on my travels. I’m talking about all the places that I visited, all the people that I met and of course, all the historical buildings that I documented. Having a website isn’t something that’s all that cool these days, but still I needed someplace to upload my stories and photos, and I didn’t want to give up everything that I have to social networks.

Something that you need to know about me, I’m kinda a slob, so everything that I have isn’t really organized. I never really had a reason to organize things, so I just copied everything from my cameras when I got home from my travels. Now that I have this website setup, I’m gonna have to roll up my sleeves and start organizing everything.

I’m going to make new posts as soon as I have everything ready for a decent enough upload. I’ll try to make updates on a weekly basis. It will depend on the amount of work that I have on my job. During the weekends I’m usually free, so if nothing else I’ll post new articles with castle and chateaus I’ve visited during the weekend. This winter, during my vacation, I visited chateau de Villeneuve-Lembron, and I think that’s going to be my first upload. For my older exploits, you’re going to have to be patient.

Come back and visit often

Now you know everything there is to know about Jalcary. Hopefully it’s going to be something interesting, that people will want to come and visit. I’ll try my best to make this website interesting for everyone, but I hope that at the very least history buffs will visit often, for new interesting castles and chateaus that I discover and talk about here on the website. See you soon.