Monday 27th April 2015 This morning we said goodbye to the remaining Motorhomers from the Club who had stayed on the Aire last night. One thing they all understood was the word Blog!

Place de La Madeleine

We went just across the road into the town centre to get wifi in order to upload last week's Blog. We settled down with a beer each and were assured we could use the Bar's wifi.

Unfortunately this didn't work for us and they couldn't understand why!

So we took this photo instead, looking out across the main square - Place de La Madeleine.

We then decided to go on the Moats Circuit which is a circular ramble around the remaining ramparts and moat to the city. The circuit starts at the bridge of the False Door which in the 19th century opened out onto fields. Now it opens out onto the ring road! Here are a selection of photos taken on our ramble.

Sainte Madeleine Church......The Grey Tower......Park Andre Faugere

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.............................................. ......La Fontaine du Chene washhouse......

..............................................Hosanna Cross 16th cent. ...... .....

............................................... ...... Ruins of Fort du Goulet ......

...................................................................... ...... .....................................Ruins of Jean Bertin Mill

This was a lovely walk which took us just over 2 hours. We then returned to the town centre and had another beer, this time in a different Bar and "success" last week's Blog was uploaded. One of our friends, Dave, suggested we try for wifi outside the Marie or McDonalds - but Allan prefers a beer!!!!! Hey, we are NOT in Wetherspoons!

Tuesday we had a rest morning after our busy day yesterday. However, Allan soon got restless and decided to wash off the motorhome roof. We had some lunch and then took ourselves on a walk around the city including a visit to the Sainte Madeleine Church. After dinner we returned to see the city at night.

Sainte Madeleine Church

 

Wednesday morning the fire brigade turned up to the Hall next to the Aire. Allan went to check but was assured there was no fire, just practice with their ladder!

After this excitement and lunch we did the second circuit of the city - The Historical Circuit. The sun was in the wrong place and so made photos difficult to take but we managed a few.

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Rue de la Place Notra Dame
Rue de Carrefour Dangereus
Ancient Saint Jean Church
Saint Jean Church - Bombed in  WW2

Thursday we unfortunately woke to a very cloudy day and rain. Well, to be expected really as tomorrow is a Bank Holiday! Didn't do a lot but we did take a walk in search of Carrefour but ended up at Lidl because the Carrefour supermarket has relocated!

Friday 1st May 2015 Today is Labour Day, Premier May and the Fete du Muguet. A Bank Holiday in France and so we have more rain! There were celebrations in the town but these seemed to be curtailed because of the weather. However, Lily of the Valley (known as Muguet in France) was being sold on every street being a traditional symbol of springtime and good luck originating from the time of King Charles IX. The perfume was lovely, even in the rain. There were stalls, BBQ's and a car show.

Saturday When we woke up the rain had stopped. Although the market is usually in the town square it had been relocated for the car show into the road outside the Aire. Well, that was what we thought but it extended round into the front car park of the Hall which is used for many purposes, out into the next road, all around the large roundabout and in all directions off the roundabout - even going back into the town. There must have been getting on for 100 stalls! The atmosphere was great and it was interesting to watch so many people buying and selling (mostly food, in fact only a handful were non food such as crafts and plants). The fish stalls were incredible - we always laugh at the "savage" salmon!.

Having had our fill of the market we decided it was time to take our leave of this lovely town in search of the sun again! We set off for Brezolles, one of our favourite Aires, picking up LPG on the way. We arrived at Brezolles after a very short journey of about 8 miles :) Allan is liking this, especially as it was another straight road!!

On our journey down to Brezolles, all around us were fields of yellow rapeseed and we tried to capture the flavour of this through the cab window.

We arrived at Brezolles early afternoon and after finding a sunny spot on the Aire we walked across to the river and lake. The last time we were here it was almost completely dry but as you can see from these photos it is now full. We spotted a beaver but it was swimming so fast that by the time we got the phone camera out that the photo is not good!

We walked back to the Aire, via the local Spar supermarket, to spend the evening sitting in the sunshine consuming what we bought in the store! before coming in for a late dinner.

Sunday We heard that there was to be a car boot and table sale in the town today and so we thought we would go and take a look. In typically French style this was not signposted and it took us a while to find it! Another glimpse of the French way of life! We came back via the Park Saint André to do two geocaches. We got the second one very easily but the first one we could see where it was but Allan would have had to wade through the stream to reach it and Dorothy said "no way" as well!! However, we got the cache we needed to qualify for a special souvenir award to celebrate the fact that 15 years ago today the first geocache was placed. The rest of the day we relaxed in the sunshine and chatted with our neighbours - some French and some English. Who would have thought that we would be sitting in Brezolles singing Frère Jacques with a little French girl!

And so another week has flown by.

 

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