Just Driving Around
This is " la France profonde " - the heartland of France that is calm and unhurried and seems to be set in a time warp.
Where the old customs and mores remain unchanged from centuries before and time is dispensed at a leisurely pace.
Where the Boulangerie (bakery) is, for each village, the centre of the universe.
Just driving around is a sheer joy - especially with a GPS which takes you through farms, hamlets and villages you'd never see if you just drove along marked roads.
There's not a day that you don't find something serendipitous when driving around "hidden France" - a chapel hidden deep in a forest,
a derelict mill straddling a brook, a chateau only just visible between
the towering cedars, a 12th century abbey adjoining a farmhouse,
Roman ruins fording a stream......the sights (and sites) are endless.
Then there are the villages - no matter which direction you take, you'll come upon incredibly picturesque villages - many of them with historic monuments (buildings, churches, cemeteries, castles etc) dating from the beginning of Christianity in France (though most seem to range from the 10th-12th centuries).
In fact you'll see more examples of Roman architecture in this region than
anywhere else in France !
And our frescoes ......you will find these ancient medieval frescoes decorating the ceilings and walls of churches and chapels - and their oft hidden crypts and subterranean chambers.
In fact, just 20 minutes from La Trimouille lies the
Roman Abbey of St Savin - a UNESCO World Heritage Site
due to its beautifully preserved frescoes dating
from the 11th and 12th centuries.
Oradour sur Glane - site of a tragic act of reprisal during WWII when an entire village was massacred.....the village as it stands today
(just 1 hr away from Le Logis Alexandra).