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My summer travels to France

BACK HOME:

It had been too long since I had been back home.

Finally in August after an absence of 3 years I took the train to my home town, a small French village called St-Benoit in the region of Poitou-Charentes. Unless you are from the neighbourhood, you probably would have never heard of St Benoit, but of Poitiers, the large town nearby.

Of course, I took a walk  along the Clain to enjoy the reflection of the trees and boats in the river

…and I had to revisit all major sacred sites from the churches of St. Radegonde and Notre Dame la Grande to the large St. Pierre Cathedral.

After spending a few days there I headed to the island of Ré on the Atlantic Coast. I enjoyed the island, reachable via a toll bridge from La Rochelle. The island is famous for its short houses surrounded with tall colorful….. The capital, St Martin de Ré, was very beautiful and busy while the other part of the island near St Marie de Ré was more quiet, but charming.

The island is famous for its many bicycle riders discovering the island and sites using the bicycle paths!

First I took a TGV at Montparnasse for Poitiers.

The Montparnasse tower in Paris near the train station

The Montparnasse tower in Paris near the train station

 

Enjoying the morning along the river Clain, St Benoit

Enjoying the morning along the river Clain, St Benoit

 

Stain glass windows of the Poitiers St Pierre cathedral

 

The Poitiers market square and Notre Dame la Grande church

The Poitiers market square and Notre Dame la Grande church

 

 

Notre Dame La Grande Bas reliefs in Poitiers

Notre Dame La Grande Bas reliefs in Poitiers

 

Decorated choir of Church Ste Radegonde in Poitiers

Decorated choir of Church Ste Radegonde in Poitiers

 

There is a famous store in Poitiers selling the most delicious biscuits and chocolates, it is Rannou Métivier. It even has a museum retracing the history of the company and cookies making in Montmorillon.

Biscuits from Rannou Metivier

Biscuits from Rannou Metivier

 

The square in front of the courthouse has just been finished and the courthouse’s facade cleaned.

Wedding in front of the Poitiers courthouse

 

Two hours by car from Poitiers is the island of Ré:

 

Old car on the beach in Ste Marie de Ré

Old car on the beach in Ste Marie de Ré

 

Capital of St Martin de Ré taken from the roof of a church

Capital of St Martin de Ré taken from the roof of a church

 

I could not go to the ocean without trying a seafood platter: could not believe how much I got and this was only the first of a four course menu at the gourmet restaurant Atalante!

Seafood platter from Restaurant Atalante on the Island of Ré

Seafood platter from Restaurant Atalante on the Island of Ré

 

Hopefully it will not be another 3 years until my next visit!

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