Category Archives: Medieval Towns

Montferrand du Perigord and its 12th Century stone church St. Christophe

I love the Dordogne region for the exquisite beauty of its honey colored towns.  We spent a week in September 2016 in the Abbey village of Cadouin and wanted to explore some of the towns nearby.  Always on the lookout … Continue reading

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Quick Stop in Arles

We had a drive of 750 km from  Cadouin in the Dordogne where we had spent a week with friends to Roquebrune Cap Martin near Monaco where we planned to stay for another couple of weeks.  Arles seemed like a … Continue reading

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Mont St. Michel — Is that a real place?

When I shared this picture of the goat grazing in a field near St. Michel on Facebook, one of my daughter’s friends queried:   ‘Where is that?  Is that a real place?’   That is a fair question.  Mt. St. … Continue reading

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Moret sur Loing — For Charm Always Follow the Impressionists

Moret sur Loing is another small treasure near Paris beloved of the impressionists.  Monet, Renoir and Sisley all painted in the area.  The town  was an inexpensive place for artists to live compared to Paris and Sisley lived out his … Continue reading

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Crecy-la-Chapelle — a Touch of Venice in the Parisian Countryside

The weather this October has been crisp and sunny, and so we have taken advantage of these stunning bright days to visit the countryside.  Crecy-la-Chapelle is about 40 km from Paris by train.  You take the E to Esbly and … Continue reading

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Civita di Bagnoregio — Adrift in the Clouds

Civita de Bagnoreggio is one of those off the beaten track little places that Rick Steve seized on and turned into popular tourist spots.  We hiked the Cinque Terre nearly 30 years ago after I spotted a picture on a … Continue reading

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Climbing the Torre Mangia at 67

I first climbed the Torre Mangia over 25 years ago and remember the powerful experience of slippery ancient stone steps, low ceilings, the coolness of the stone, the heat of the sun coming through the ventilation slits and the challenge … Continue reading

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Flavigny sur Ozerain — No Chocolate.

This austere church was a centerpiece of the movie Chocolate with Juliet Binoche, which was filmed in Flavigny sur Ozerain not far from Fontenay Abbey and our rental cottage in Semur-en-Auxois. There were winding streets with ancient houses. There were … Continue reading

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Going Medieval: Chateauneuf-en-Auxois

We visited Chateauneuf-en-Auxois because we always liked the gorgeous view of the castle from the toll road. We went there on Fete National – July 14th, which the French do not like people to call Bastille Day — and we … Continue reading

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Medieval Towns – Semur-en-Auxois

I am in love with medieval villages like Semur-en-Auxois where we spent a week this July.    As you can see from the picture below from Flavigny, Ed, not so much. We have been to many such towns (see my … Continue reading

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