Burgundy 2014 (Le Retour) – Mont-Saint-Vincent

After our inadvertent detour we made it to the hilltop town of Mont-Saint-Vincent.

It’s a beautiful, little place…

…and the main attraction is the Cluniac church…

…built in the late 11thC and early 12thC.

…which lost its steeple during the French revolution.

The Cluniac monks left the church in 1506…

…after having a community there for over 500 years.

There were more of my favourite capitals.

It was nice to wander around the village…

…there were lots of lovely little details…

…including door furniture…

…hanging signs…

…chickens…

…and doves.

Burgundy 2014 (Le Retour) – Bourges

Another new place for us this trip, was to Bourges, out of the Nièvre into the Cher…

…it’s twined with Peterborough, who have the best of it methinks.

I loved this sundial…

…I wasn’t quite sure how to read it.

The cathedral is very impressive…

…it’s the earliest example of High Gothic in the 13th C.

The main phase of construction was contemporaneous with Chartes.

I loved all the intricate details…

…especially this wooden door.

There was vaulting…

nice doorways…

…and lovely, lovely stained glass.

This hell mouth was rather fun…

…and I loved these jaunty devils.

The astronomical clock was restored with funds provided by EDF…

 …when André was on the donations committee.

This is the door to the Sacristy.

Sadly, the Boy wasn’t feeling very well, so we didn’t have much more time in the city. However, we did see this lovely post office.

That’s more like it, isn’t it Virginia?

Sun, sky, stone…


Lots of people complain about the weather in Oxford.

However, on these clear, cold Spring days the sky is beautiful.

The sun brings out the glow of the stone.