France August 2015 – Tonnerre

My blogging seems to have grown to a halt of late. I think it’s partly down to putting lots of stuff on Facebook, and partly because all my photos are on my elderly MacBook which is now going incredibly slowly. I need to find some way round it. 
Here are some photos from the summer.

We see Tonnerre from a distance when we travel down to Moulins-Engilbert. This August we finally made our way there. This is Hôtel-Dieu Notre-Dame des Fontenilles…this fabulous old hospital building, founded in 1293, is now a museum and art space.

Photos really can’t capture the amazing space.

It was a shame about the art exhibition, which was uniformly dire.

On the floor is this lovely eighteenth-century sundial, the elongated figure of eight. It used to be marked out in copper, but that was stolen during the French revolution.

At the back of the main hall, down some steps, is this beautiful entombment of Christ, which dates from 1454.

Tonnerre is also home to the Fosse Dionne, which is a natural deep water source, used from Roman times. It’s last incarnation was a public washhouse.

Sadly, when we were there, the water level was quite low.

It was easy to imagine a creature lurking in the depths.

March 2009 – Saint-Père-sous-Vézelay

As you’d expect from the name, SaintPère is at the bottom of the hill under Vézelay.

It has a beautiful church, which in the process of being restored (as well as a VERY posh Marc Meneau place).

It clearly had a lot of wall paintings at one time.

This was one of the clearest ones.

There was also a lovely statue…

…and this lovely little brass hound.

The ‘old’ church has destroyed during the ‘wars of religion’

…and was used as a graveyard.

This little piggie was up in a barn window, we nearly missed him.