Getting spotted in France


Exploramum and Explorason – we get spotted

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.


Exploramum and Explorason – Masgot carved figures #1

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.


Exploramum and Explorason – Masgot carved figures #2

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.


Exploramum and Explorason – arriving at Masgot

The entrance has some gorgeous figurines, a cafe and a great shop with a museum above it.  From here you can start your tour.


Exploramum and Explorason – Masgot carved figures #3

The houses are old and often with a farm feel to them like this barn we found.


Exploramum and Explorason – Masgot barn

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.


Exploramum and Explorason – Masgot houses

You can read more about it here. Even old stone wells and vegetable gardens are easily seen-and so is our companion.


Exploramum and Explorason – Masgot well

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.


Exploramum and Explorason – Sous-Parsat church #1

You can read about it here.


Exploramum and Explorason – Sous-Parsat church #2

As soon as you walk in you just get “wowed”.


Exploramum and Explorason – Sous-Parsat church #3

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.


Exploramum and Explorason – Sous-Parsat church #4

The paintings are really modern and quite abstract in parts.


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I love this corner section of Sous-Parsat.


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This is over the front door, and the bells chime and it is pretty amazing.


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Someone told me they play creepy music. I think there was a button to hit. However, I never found it. Darn.


Exploramum and Explorason – Sous-Parsat church #8

This panel of the last supper is interesting. Colored lights start appearing in the headlight windows.


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As the light falls to the floor we suddenly notice it making patterns – the next thing we are having some fun.


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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!


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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.


Exploramum and Explorason – Citroen garden

Another day, we drive to Limoges and come across this cute town by the river.


Exploramum and Explorason – Driving to Limoges

There is an aqueduct bridge some few meters away.  The houses are medieval and are great against the Coca-cola black waters.


Exploramum and Explorason – Medieval houses

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.


Exploramum and Explorason – Notre Dame – Limoges

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.


Exploramum and Explorason – Limoges garden

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.


Exploramum and Explorason – Limoges historical section

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”.


Exploramum and Explorason – Lac de Vassiviere – running for a swim

Parking is free and we find a nice spot under a tree to leave ‘Vegemite’ the car.


Exploramum and Explorason – Lac de Vassiviere – looking out to the island

Because we have our bags, we have to take turns for a swim.


Exploramum and Explorason – Lac de Vassiviere -great place to camp and relax

I didn’t mind as the water was pretty cold and looked tea-bag brown from the vegetation around it.


Exploramum and Explorason – Lac de Vassiviere -taking a swim

Explorason and Explorafriend ended up in the water having a water bomb fight. It was a great place to cool off.  If I had a camper van I would camp here for a few days – it is perfect.

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.


Exploramum and Explorason – Lac de Vassiviere -finished and cool

We are really cool now.

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