Have you ever heard of the mailman Cheval from Hauterives in the department of Drôme in France?
This man known all over France as “Facteur Cheval” (Mailman Cheval) was born in 1836 and became a mailman in 1867 in the towns of Anneyron and later Hauterives, some 50 kilometers from Lyon.
As he was delivering the mail from door to door on his route of 33 Kilometers (15 miles) of country side he became bored and started to visualize himself building a palace.
“what one could do while walking perpetually in the same scenery, unless one starts thinking. To entertain my thoughts I was building a magic palace”. Quote from Joseph Ferdinand Cheval better known as facteur Cheval.