We had a number of reasons why we wanted to visit Auxerre:
- It’s somewhere that Grandpa and Rowan used to visit and really loved.
- After my recent visit to South Leigh, I’m mad keen on wall paintings, and Auxerre has some of the oldest in France.
- It has a cathedral AND an abbey (in the picture above).
- In the past we’ve always taken the wrong turning out of Auxerre, and we felt we had something to prove :-).
The limestone carvings outside the cathedral are beautifully intricate…
…the ceiling is breathtaking…
…and the wall paintings that remain seem to glow.
In the 11th century crypt there is a painting of Christ on a white horse. No flash photography was allowed down there and it was hard to get a clear picture – so I just urge you to go and see it.
In the crypt of the abbey are the oldest frescoes in France – circa 850. It was a real privilege to be able to see them.
It was nice just to wander around the backstreets…
…catching up with the odd saint…
…and revelling in the old buildings.
I was rather taken aback by this! It turned out to be a gift from the people of Redditch – to celebrate 40 years of being twin towns. Now, I admit I’ve never been to Redditch, but I can’t help feeling that they have the best of the deal!