Getting spotted in France
-Day trips around Creuse and other nearby areas-
Our first trip out is to a little village just a stone throw away from our house-sit. Actually a few kilometers away, but not too far.
It is a little village nestled in a small valley and is famous for 17th century carved stones. Each year people come from all over France, and in fact from around the world, to carve and create – Making this little town a gem to visit.
There is a car park at the entrance and you walk up a slight incline to get to the village of Masgot. You will realize just how divine it is.
The entrance has some gorgeous figurines, a cafe and a great shop with a museum above it. From here you can start your tour.
The houses are old and often with a farm feel to them like this barn we found.
Each house is unique in presentation, and there is an Information area, where for a small fee, you can receive a map and have a self-guided tour.
You can read more about it here. Even old stone wells and vegetable gardens are easily seen-and so is our companion.
Next stop was to a town nearby that had painted walls inside the church. On the outside, you might think you are in the wrong place.
As soon as you walk in you just get “wowed”.
The walls are just dramatic, and each panel tells a story. If you go into the vestry at the front right of the church you can sign the visitors’ book and also find a sheet to describe the panels.
Explorason decides to give a fervent sermon.
The paintings are really modern and quite abstract in parts.
I love this corner section of Sous-Parsat.
This is over the front door, and the bells chime and it is pretty amazing.
Someone told me they play creepy music. I think there was a button to hit. However, I never found it. Darn.
This panel of the last supper is interesting. Colored lights start appearing in the headlight windows.
As the light falls to the floor we suddenly notice it making patterns – the next thing we are having some fun.
All alone in the country of France, we lay on the floor by the pulpit and the colored lights dance across us – We get spotted in France!
We then travel along this back road and find an old Citroen planted with spring flowers by a lake, so out we jump for a bit more fun. It is a bit wobbly as it is resting on a boat.
Another day, we drive to Limoges and come across this cute town by the river.
There is an aqueduct bridge some few meters away. The houses are medieval and are great against the Coca-cola black waters.
Next of course is Limoges where we stop at the Notre-Dame Church in the medieval section. It was a hot day and easy to find a park right in the side street.
We head into the church and Explorafriend wants to light a candle, so we all gather round and have a prayer time with thanks for protection and safety, and that we can go through hard times and still be journeying on.
Next, we head to the Botanical gardens area next to the church, and if you walk straight out of the side entrance there is also a lovely terrace area with sculptured topiary, nice benches under the trees, and a fountain. Here we have our picnic lunch.
The medieval section is to the left as you leave the church and museum area. There are also toilets in the museum downstairs that can be used for free and that are worth a visit before you head out exploring.
We wander around Limoges, and it is so hot, we decide it is time for a swim. We may be in the middle of France, but we have heard about a great place with a lake, ‘Lac de Vissiviere”.
Parking is free and we find a nice spot under a tree to leave ‘Vegemite’ the car.
Because we have our bags, we have to take turns for a swim.
We need to get back to the animals at our house-sit though. So we drive past ‘fishermen’. This is another place I’d love to return to.
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