Feb 09, 2013
Leaving Loches we head south on an overcast day, but there is hope - today is the first day that we got up to 11 degrees. Every so often the sun makes an appearance for a minute or two then it rains again. We decided to stop over in Oradour sur Glane as it plays a very sad part in French history. There are a few different versions as to what happened on the 10 June 1944. But the fact is that 642 men, women and children were slaughtered by German Waffen SS troops and the whole village was burned to the ground. A new village was later built on a site nearby and the original site declared a memorial and museum by Charles de Gaulle. It certainly hits home when you walk through the village and see all the destruction. As we were leaving it was teeming down with rain and the wind was howling which I thought quite appropriate for the occasion. Thank goodness for the heating in the car. From here we headed to Brantome which is also called the Venice of the Perigord. Here you can trace the steps of Benedictine monks from the cave through to the impressive Abbey built in XVII. The Dronne river runs through town and gives it a nice peaceful feel together with the medieval and renaissance buildings.