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Published: October 8th 2015
Our time on holiday is coming to an end sadly. The weather is still holding out but the mornings are feeling a slight more chillier. The evenings are getting darker by the day. Neither of us is looking forward to going home as all of a sudden we seem to be finding a good deal of things to do. Having said that we have already rung the Chunnel to rebook our return journey. We have paid a further £16 to move the booking from Wednesday next week to the same time but on the Tuesday. The choice is trying to find things to do and pay another nights fee on a campsite and we feel that the £16 is well worth spent.
We had planned to stop on a camperstop we had identified in the Camperstop book. It was situated on the River Loire as it ran through the town and held a good number of spaces . When we arrived though it was not there. Well it was there but someone had put a height barrier on it so it was impossible to get on unless you were a car. Further up the road was another entry but this
one had been closed off using enormous stones. Thankyou Beaugency. We thought it would be one of those destinations that we would have to drive through and move on. We had a plan B so it was not that much of a problem. Then out of the blue we found a parking spot on the side of the river. A camping car was already there and we joined it together with a french couple . It was not the best of spots but it gave us ample opportunity to see the town and its castle .
Opposite us was the usual sleepy river which was fairly slow moving . In the middle of winter it would be a raging torrent compared to what it is now. We walked round the houses to the town. Sleepy little streets with flowers in baskets and pretty gardens. Alleyways hardly wide enough for cars.
So what is there in the town of Beaugency ? Firstly we stumbled upon a church. Large, imposing in the way French churches are. Grey stoned and awfully sombre. We went inside and it was Romanesque largely unchanged over the years. Huge thick columns, a font and a
few side chapels. The church of St Etienne was built in the 11th century. Inside it was a lot lighter than we expected with light flooding in through pretty stained glass.
Opposite was the castle and keep . Towering above us it was impressive in scale. Grey like the church it dominated the area. Beaugency has been the site of numerous military conflicts. It was occupied on four separate occasions by the English. On June 16–17, 1429, it was the site of the famous Battle of Beaugency when it was freed by Joan D'Arc. Her statue proudiy stood in the towns square not far from the tower. The tower in the town - Tour Cesar - dates from the 11th century. Photographing the castle was easy but photographing Joan was difficult as the sun was as always in the wrong direction. In 1567 the town was burnt down along with the castle the walls and the church. Beaugency has a pretty rocky history. IN 1870 the Prussian army defeated the French there. It was bombed as many french towns were in 1940 and again in 1944 by the Nazi Germany. The tower was not open and the windows blown out but it still dominated everything that you could see.
We left the square and headed for where the life of the town was. The Saturday market and what a market . Not huge by french standards but full of life. The fish stall full of all many of smelly fish. Clams, prawns, crabs they were all there and Madame was there buying her lunch. The fromage stall full of soft stinky french cheese. The tat stalls. The stall selling all manner of meat. The square was alive and the market a joy to behold and to smell.
Although we didnt buy anything the fruit and vegetables looked fresh, the flowers looked freshly cut and the bread smelled delicious. We miss these sorts of markets back home. They just dont exist any more sadly.
Our stay was fairly short but all in all Beaugency proved an interesting diversion on our way home.
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