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Europe » France » Limousin » Limoges July 3rd 2019

We knew it would be hot but not that hot and very humid when we arrived in Angers. The first night we walked to town and found a small place to eat. We had a meal there and the people told us that tomorrow it would be 44 degrees. When we woke up the next day we saw the people were right. We talked it over having breakfast and decided to watch the ladies soccer and stay indoors. Looking out the window there was nobody walking around. The houses have no air-condition, we had a small fan that gave some coolness. To eat we had to go into the heat again and landed at the same place where we had tea last night. Was good there nice people and a few fans were blowing air. That ... read more

Europe » France » Limousin June 2nd 2019

Walk to the swimming lake through the woodland this morning, not far, a couple of miles there and back, but enough in this heat ! Tomorrow we set off for Camping Pont Romain at Le Mans for a one night stopover on the way to Cherbourg and Camping Anse du Brick.... read more
Limousin cattle
Swimming lake at Cognac-le-Foret
Swimming lake

Europe » France » Limousin » Cognac-la-Forêt June 1st 2019

30C here today, so decided to do our last bit of shopping here and just chill out for the day. Took some shots of the camping site and our pitch.... read more
The bar
Our pitch again

Europe » France » Limousin » Cognac-la-Forêt May 31st 2019

so we set off to see Richard the Lionhearts entrails ! Which are reputedly buried at Chateau de Chalus-Chabrol. We had visited before but it had been closed, today we were lucky. Richard was killed here in 1199. The castle was very interesting - an old painting - the original fountain - the gardens are yet to be restored. The castle has been used as a farmhouse. In the chapel remain is a sculpture to commemorate Richards 800 year old event - the king lying on his death bed ! Lunch was taken at Segur le Chateau, a very picturesque medieval town - probably one of France’s Most picturesque villages. Loved the tiny sculptures of a man and woman on the window ledges !... read more
The boardwalk !
Richard the Lionheart !!!

Europe » France » Limousin » Cognac-la-Forêt May 30th 2019

Ascension day - it is a bank holiday, the church services are catholic and all in French! We travelled to Chasseneuil du Bonnieure - this was where the French Resistance was formed - there is a large memorial and over 2000 graves. As a visiting Monsieur said - it is tres importante. We then had lunch at La Rochefoucauld - the best galette we have ever tasted! The chateau was spectacular but we didn’t visit, but the ducklings were cute. Warm and sunny day.... read more
Note the fine carving on the memorial
Ducklings in the river at Rochefoucauld

Europe » France » Limousin » Cognac-la-Forêt May 29th 2019

Arrived here on site yesterday, greeted very well by Antony and Jolande who remembered us from the past few years. Even said do you want your normal pitch ? !!! Went shopping and chilled out for the rest of the day. Today, decided to go to Chalucet-Ligoure for a woodland walk. So message to Swanage Health Walkers - We have done this walk before and is quite strenuous, lots of ups and downs, rough paths and trip hazards!!!!! takes about 3 hours to do over 6 miles !!!!! Je suis knackered!!!!!!... read more
Ligoure river
On the way, beautiful woodland
On the walk

Europe » France » Limousin » Saint-Junien May 27th 2019

The weather is showery today but we had a good stroll around Lavauguyon the local village. The village is small but the church is huge. The church goes back to Richard the Lionheart’s time and still has the remains of medieval murals around the church. Praying hands carved in a tree trunk were intersting. We also found the wash place where the women washed the clothes.... read more
Looking to the altar
Mural over the entrance
Saint Eutrope?

Europe » France » Limousin » Saint-Junien May 26th 2019

Saturday. Arriving at Chez Rambaud. It was good to meet up with Neil - he used to live in Bovi. He has a beautiful campsite - only 8 pitches and so very peaceful. We lazed and read, had a little perambulation and chilled out. Sunday. Headed to Brantome, a very picturesque town on the banks of the river Dronne. The abbey which we visited was founded in the 8th century. Behind the building there are troglodyte remains. In the Last Judgement cave there are sculptures in the rock and a fountain which waters are known for healing and fertility.... read more
Neil and his goats
The Abbey
River Dronne

Europe » France » Limousin » Uzerche June 17th 2018

Aujourd'hui...nous quitterons de temps en temps la route prévue pour nous donner du bon temps dans certains villages qui se disent étoilés sur la carte Michelin... Premier arrêt : Solignac : En 632, Dagobert donne une terre à Saint Eloi pour y fonder un monastère autour duquel commence à se développer le bourg de Solignac. La ville est saccagée à plusieurs reprises par les Sarrasins, puis les Normands. Charles le Chauve confirme la donation de Dagobert. Par le nouvel acte, les rois n’ont plus d’autre droit que celui de protéger la ville. Il revient aux moines d’en entretenir le pavé. De 1824 à 1934, une fabrique de porcelaine est installée dans l’abbaye…. Il n’y a plus de moines bénédictins hélas actuellement dans cette abbaye. Puis un deuxième arrêt qui fut plus difficile pour un petit arrêt ... read more
01 L'abbatiale de Solignac
02 Malheureusement plus habitée par les moines...

Europe » France » Limousin June 25th 2016

Storm completely passed over when we got up so we check Tandy was ok, just a covering of leaves and twigs on the roof and walked into town. We've visited Montignac before but still a lovely place to be. The old part north side of the river has some lovely medieval streets to explore and of course photograph. Saturday was market day but the market was disappointingly small, just some fresh food. Apparently it is normally a full market with all sorts of different things on sale. Maybe last night's storm put the stall holders off. We stopped for coffee and watched a mother duck with just 2 babies walking anxiously up and down the river bank. No doubt the river level was pretty high, well up the banks and flowing very fast with thick brown ... read more
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