St Savin, Vienne and Montmorillon

The Abbey in St Savin was begun in the mid-11th century and contains many beautiful 11th- and 12th-century murals which are still in a remarkable state of preservation. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983.  Valerie and I visited there last August and the inside of the Church is so beautiful.

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The designs are clear and clean, dramatic and it is wonderful to think that they have been there  for 900 years.  It was serene and peaceful which is not always the case.  Church architecture and design can be so beautiful expressing how creative and loving we can be and it is extraordinary that such wonder was created by artists, artisans and craftsmen whose names I will never know.




We went on to Montmorillon famous for macaroons – there is a museum – the clay montmorillonite and bookshops; rather like Hay-on-Wye I suppose.


The machine is a guillotine for trimming books



Some shops where built into the cliff so an internal wall was stone undressed by man.

Behind the pots is rock face.
Behind the pots is rock face.


So back to Epron where we were very pleased to find the large carp have returned.


carp-a4Not the ones we used to watch these were probably fished out of the leat but new ones claiming their territory.


















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