France May 2016 – out and about in Tournus

As I remarked in my last post, Tournus is a lovely town, and I’d love to go there again.  For those of you who are interested in such things, we stayed in a restaurant with rooms called Aux Terrasses. Great food and really nice staff.

The town is on the river Saône

…look at this boat Dr Bones!

There’s an old hospital to visit…

…a dinky little cinema

…a market that sells cheese cages…

…and I got to pet a little, fat pony.

My Ma would have been very interested in this shop!

This sign was strange…

…and this sign was just plain disturbing!

France May 2016 – Saint-Philibert de Tournus

On our way down to the South of France the Boy and I broke our journey in Tournus, a lovely town in Burgundy.

The former Benedictine abbey, St Philibert was founded in 875 AD by monks fleeing the Vikings (the Normans of Normandy [given that my maternal grandmother was from Denmark, and my paternal grandmother’s maiden name was Norman, there must be a lot of Viking in me]).

The Boy and I were rather taken with these signs…

…there’s someone with a good sense of humour around.

This 13thC mosaic was found during building work in 2005.

I love this little hawk…

…and the moody horse.

This little hawk must be a reference to the mosaic.

The organ is impressive…

…as are the few remaining wall paintings…

but I just adored the roof space. 

France 2013(2) – Troyes

I have been a fortunate bunny on the holiday front this year, as a couple of weeks ago we headed off to my beloved Burgundy for the second time this year. On the way we spent a night (and a morning) in Troyes, and man I’m glad we did.

It’s a jewel of a place….

…with lots of half-timbered houses…

…wonderful public art (and a FABULOUS modern art museum)…

glorious cathedral

…quite the best municipal planters I’ve ever seen (inspired by Villandry?)…

…and dangerous women.

Burgundy 2013 – Bibracte

When it rains in Burgundy, it certainly rains…

…so we went to the museum at Bibrachte.

The museum has lots of interesting things to look at…

…including this fab helmet.

I love this wheel as it’s proof…well, that no-one reinvented it.

Did I mention that it was raining?

These poor kids were on a school trip, they must have been feeling the cold!

Burgundy 2013 – Pontigny Abbey

Sometimes…

…a place is so amazing…

…there just aren’t the words…

…to describe it.

That’s how the Cistercian Abbey at Pontigny made me feel.

 It was founded in 1114, and not one…

…but three Archbishops of Canterbury took refugue here…

…Edmund Rich (St Edmund of Abingdon, the first Oxford don to become a saint), St Thomas a Becket and Stephen Langton.

The community was suppressed during the French revolution…

…and it’s said that the local reverence for St Edmund’s relics kept the church from being destroyed…

…and it continued as a parish church.

What a place to have as your parish church…

…sadly, I don’t think it is now.

These chaps were from Rentokil – after termites I think.

We all left…

…feeling…

…rather impressed…

…by the place.

Burgundy 2013 – Millefeuille

In Moulins…Sunday means…

…roast chicken and millefeuille.

They are very special millefeuille…

…with the usual yumminess…

…fresh raspberries.

As you can see…

…this makes Adam very happy.

Yum…yum…

Yum

France 2009 – The Journey Home

Also taking the ferry from Le Havre…(when pronounced in French it sounds rather like a gargle crossed with a death rattle)

…were a number of classic cars…

…taking part in a rally.