30 June 2011

Words, words, words

Just had to mention another fantastic place we visited along our busy, yet still highly relaxing, canal trip through the Loire Valley. This region is Bourgogne ( or Burgundy ) and is known by the French as " south of the rain and north of the heat".
The village is called Charite -sur- Loire and is known as one of a few "cities of books" in France which hosts several writer's festivals and classical concerts throughout the year.
As you pass through the arch of the 12th century priory church you enter a community of 6, 500 people managing to keep this historic town alive.

                Typical of the antiquarian book shops.

                     The healthiest geraniums I have seen.

The Saint - Croix - Notre - Dame church began in the 7th century and was home to the Cluny monks who showed great generosity to the pilgrims on their way to Spain's "Santiago de Composaela"and so the name of the town was changed from Seyr to Charite.

A beautiful reflection.

 All over the village the walls are painted with literary translations.

                 The happy travellers - once again !

On your bikes ...

A somewhat blurry photo as it was taken by a passing gentleman who had never used a camera !!!

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