Le Chateau du Clos de la Ribaudiere
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... they were machined gunned.
Altogether 247 woman, 190 men and 205 children perished in the most awful circumstances.
Oradour now has a museum to commemorate the atrocity and the original village has been retained and is now a memorial. A new town has been built nearby.
We first visited the museum which is a collection of photo's regarding Hitlers rise to power, his subsequent conquest of most of ...
... the actual site is closed to the public, an interpretation centre in the village includes a full size replica of the frieze. Nearby, we visited a famous abbey in Saint Savin, the medieval city of Chauvigny, plus the National Park Brenne, the towns of Le Blanc and Montmorillon. The hotel, the Relais de Lyon D'Or, is beautiful, we are in a house over a 1,000 years old, but the conveniences are fortunately more ...
... past. We took a lot of photos which we will add later, and on our return to the site I felt that one last dip in the pool would be nice, and it was. Tomorrow we leave to spend our last two days in France at Sees, nearer to Caen and of course the ferry home. I don't expect to have internet access after today so will conclude this blog in the UK. To those who read it - thankyou!
Saturday is market day in Airvault and I was told not to expect too much as it is small, and indeed it is! It is simply a produce market. There are no T-shirts and CDs, sunglasses or mobile phones for sale, just locally produced items provided by local people. There are wines and cheeses sold by the makers. Sea-food and sausages, pate ...
We left the ferry port at Caen at 14.15 for a three hour journey to Poitiers... and arrived 6 hours later. Even allowing for 30 minutes getting lost and a half hour break, that's still 5 hours driving and we took toll roads. Stayed in a Best Western hotel made up of apartments with a ground floor and mezzanine built around an old manor house with a little outside pool. Problem was, ours was on the 3rd floor so ...