Sunday, 17 August 2014

Brantome - Another wonderful town in France

Another wonderful place
Diane and Nigel took me to see !!

Brantôme is a place rich in history. The commune of Brantôme is regarded one of the city-gates of the Natural reserve the Regional Périgord-Limousin, but also as a jewel within Valley-of-Dronne.

It is certainly packed with history and beauty,
a market on a Friday , shops and cafés/restaurants,
and you can take a boat trip too!!


Tower of St. Roch

This is the BENT river or Right Angled Bridge ..
Le Pont Coude
Le Pont Coude was built at the same time as the palace , the Monastery Gardens and the pavillion by the Abbot (1538-56). It provided access to the gardens on a far bank away from the town.

Brantome has a  brilliant market on a Friday ,
 with stalls situated near the river and near-by streets
as you can see and
there are the river trips too.

Oh I wonder who that is down there!!!

The Abbey in Brantome has its origins in the 8th century. A Benedictine abbey and it was founded by Charlemagne who allegedly donated the relics of Saint Sicarius, one of the children massacred by Herod.

The original abbey was destroyed by Vikings  then rebuilt in the tenth century and again in the twelfth and fifteenth centuries. It was  radically restored in 1850 by the architect Paul Abadie,  the abbey buildings we see today span a period of almost 800 years.

Paul also worked on the restoration of Notre-Dame de Paris, Église Sainte-Croix of Bordeaux, Saint-Pierre of Angoulême and Saint-Front of Périgueux. He won the competition to design the Basilica of the Sacré Cœur on Montmartre in Paris, and saw the construction commence , though he died long before its completion in 1914.

It certainly is a town of beauty and of interest .

I hope that you have enjoyed this snippet of a tour , I have a few more
photos to show you . I didn't do much history this time but I am sure
that you get the gist of the town and it's history.
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Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Angouleme - Architecture - Dreaming of France

Angouleme has so much to offer
and see . I feel that this is a place that I could
return to and stay a bit longer.
Below is the map of the two walks you can do and what to see on the way!
Red is for the Architectural Heritage
Green is for the Art
The tours will make you go for a trip between the past and the future!

Such a wonderful place to have café or vino or both!!

I could see myself up there with the shutters and balcony ♥

Below is the Tourist Information building , 

The Town Hall of Angoulême is a major rebuild of the original Château d’Angoulême, which was a historic residence of counts and governors and to Plantagenet Prince John of England  The town acquired the chateau in the 19th century.  Mayor Paul Abadie decided to completely tear down the main buildings whilst retaining the polygonal keep, a tower and the châtelet.

Unfortunately I cannot find any information on this dome ,

Angoulême Dôme Csse d'épargne


I have tried to find out more information about this place below
but to no avail!!
All I can tell you is that it was a
Universal Drugstore .
I really like the idea of keeping these old signs. 

And then the HEAVENS opened!!!!

 Thank You  to Diane and Nigel for taking me here ,
I know we did not have long but it was well worth a
visit. Next time we will have to see the market too.
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