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Europe » France » Limousin » Limoges September 5th 2013

Another perfect morning has dawned again and another cloudless sky for a day out. My sister KJ had read about a village not far from Brigueuil that had stood still in time for 70 years and had wondered whether we were going to visit it. A little research showed that the village of Oradour-sur-Glane (hereafter called OSG)was the scene of the most shocking atrocity committed by the Nazis on French soil during WW2.The German President had visited there yesterday and laid a wreath on behalf of the German people as the first official from the German Government to have visited the site in 70 years. We set off mid morning and it took only about 20 minutes to reach OSG. The whole population of the town, some 642 men, women and children, were executed by a ... read more
The remains of the church at Oradour-sur-Glane
Cars left where they were burnt out
Ruins of buildings in Oradour-sur-Glane

Europe » France » Limousin » Limoges May 21st 2013

We set off from Tim & Jan's house around 9am after a splendid breakfast. It was a grey day when we left but about an hour later the sun came out which was very nice, the first real sunshine we had seen since entering France. At this stage we were crossing the River Loire in Nantes, but an hour later it started to spit with rain. The weather gradually deteriorated to the point we were driving in low cloud across vast, featurless plains, it seemed. Bob drove the first leg to the other side of Nantes where we stopped for a cup of tea in the smallest service station we had so far seen. Neal then took over the driving and was keen to see what it was like to do 200kmh but Bob soon talked ... read more
 Town Hall in Lussac-le- Chateau
 Church in Lussac-le- Chateau
Pollarded trees in  Lussac-le- Chateau

Europe » France » Limousin » Limoges July 27th 2012

The municipal campsite at Pontgibaud near Clermont Ferrand was our best campsite yet. It really is a beautiful spot by the river (although we have had enough of rivers), within walking distance of the town and just €16 per night. Michelle bought new sunglasses in Clermont Ferrand and gave Terry her old ones, in punishment for losing his! A happy three nights there but we needed to be moving on. Thursday morning we were up and out by 10.55am. That is a record for us and beats the old one by 30 minutes! And so we arrived at Camping des Alouettes, Cognac la Foret, near Limoges by 2.30pm, at a lovely site recommended by our friends Linda and Dennis. Here, which until we arrived was 100% Dutch, everyone said hello and smiled. How strange! Up to ... read more

Europe » France » Limousin » Limoges May 27th 2012

Day 15 Another day another chateau. This time into the country side to Chateau de Concrecheaux (I think).... Stop in the little village for brunch - fresh sandwiches of half baguette filled with jambon et frommage for moi and similar with salad for Chris. Super crispy and fresh and nice. Into the chateau and must have lust had a train arrive -guessed it, lots of people and queues. Parked the car and got organised and by the time we got to the ticket office all the crowd had gone - and our sandwiches as well. Yum. Great gardens and off we go again. This castle has a chequers history, wife, mistress who took over and lots of illegitimate and legitimate bastard children - sounds like Home and Away...... After 2 hours we call it quits and ... read more

Europe » France » Limousin » Limoges September 17th 2011

The sun seems to have vanished. Not been there at all today just hidden behind very heavy cloud and some rain. A pity, as we have been enjoying having it hanging around but weather forecast does predict an end to the gorgeous blue skies of the last few days. Today we start our slow return home, by heading northwards in stages, with first stop near Limoges. We drove cross-country across the pretty, pastoral, Midi-Pyrenees countryside just to the west side of the Massif Central. Cows everywhere, most a pretty burned gingerbread colour. This area is the Millevaches park region, but though we counted, we only got up to 987 so think some have gone missing somewhere. A pleasant drive which crossed back over the Dordgogne and Vezere rivers and then the Vienne through the Corrreze region ... read more
Over a river (Dordogne ?)
Tulle, a prettier view than some others I took.
through rolling countryside

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Europe » France » Limousin » Limoges May 30th 2011

Some more R&R was the name of the game when we set out for a long weekend in Rural France. Scott and I headed to Standsted early Saturday morning for our first Ryan Air flight in a number of years. It is the only airline that touchs down where we were heading. Which was I'Abbaye du Palais hotel near the small town of Bourganeuf. We landed at Limoges airport and were zooming into the country side and a lovely sunny day within moments. It was green, green, green with lots of wooded areas - very pretty. Before arriving at the hotel we visited St Lenoards. It had a old church (listed) and the streets were lined with sweet old houses. We tried to order lunch but our complete lack of French meant we were unable to ... read more

Europe » France » Limousin » Limoges March 23rd 2011

Drove the 330 miles from Caen to Theresa’s dad near Limoges in the centre of France Arrived just after 4pm. A superb problem free drive. Decided to empty the car for the time we are here as it is looking a bit back heavy. ... read more

Europe » France » Limousin » Limoges December 13th 2009

Continued... In his other hand he held a tangerine. I waved him off, but thanked him for the gesture. It was time to leave Poitiers. By the next morning, I was on the road again - this time toward the capitol of the Limousine Department, Limoges. To save you a trip to the Wikipedia page for Limousine, the name of the stretched luxury vehicle apparently comes from the fact that the monks in this region of France used to wear hoods over their head, resembling the overhang on the first horse-drawn limousine carriages for rich folks. Though the overhang disappeared when luxury carriages became mechanized, the name stuck. My ride to the Limoges area was also a lesson for me in European traveling. The lesson: if you are expecting to pay cash for your fuel, be ... read more
Firewood
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Vienne

Europe » France » Limousin » Limoges July 17th 2009

Friday 17th July - Caen - Salon La Tour (south of Limoges) Cabins were all taken on the ferry so I had booked a reclining chair in a lounge. All well and good I should imagine if you locate your chosen recliner at the start of the voyage. But having changed out of my soaking trousers, pigged myself on a surprisingly delicious lamb shank, written some drivel for yesterday's blog and looked at the map it was now 1 am. I duly lobbed up at the lounge expecting to crash in my booked seat before it became apparent that you couldn't see a damn thing in there. The lounge resembled a cinema but with absolutely no light and sadly no cinema dolly with her trolley and light to show you to her seat. (I must be ... read more
Chateau McKeiver

Europe » France » Limousin » Limoges January 15th 2009

Visiting Dave, Nic and Jacque in their new country home in Cros.... read more
The lovely country kitchen, and the boys cooking
Dinner
Walking Jaque in Cros




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