Leaving Confolens was not so difficult. We were excited about our next night time stop at Chinon but more about that next week.
Our first time stop was Poitiers (for coffee of course), capital of the Vienne Department and founded by the Celtic Pictones tribe.
Romans, Visigoths - Clovis I returning Poitiers back to the Franks.
Without a doubt, Notre Dame La Grande in my mind holds its ground with the great cathedrals of Paris, Senlis and Chartres despite not being large. The sculptures of the 12 Apostles at the entrance and inside, the columns painted in perfect geometrical colorful panels add a mystique to be absorbed without rush.
Poitiers is a place to return to more leisurely than a coffee stop.
|We had this view while sipping on our coffee.|
|Some description of what we were to experience.|
|They tell me that at night, lights make the Cathedral come to life. Maybe next time.|
|The sculptured figures tell a story.|
|Joan of Arc is my favorite Heroine. There are more J of A images to come in our travels.|
|Sue admires the geometrical painted columns within.|
|And those shafts of light - how uplifting.|
We left Poitiers wanting to return one day but we had a deadline to meet in Chinon. We were leaving Richard the Lionheart, Eleanor of Aquitaine territory for the region of Joan of Arc's successful conquests.
But after a couple of hours drive we were needing a lunchtime stop. There was a sign directing us from the highway to Mirebeau, not a village on our agenda but the stomach was rumbling. As we turned off the highway and ventured into the village, there was no one in sight. No pedestrians, no cars, no life. We pulled into a car park in front of a bar, wandered in and saw three people there. We asked if lunch was available. The barman was helpful when he discovered we were from Australia, he had been to Brisbane. The owner, a French lady with a grasp of English said there was a Creperie not far away, "follow me, we can walk there" she said.
The best Creperie in the whole world - well in our world.
Our trip next year includes a return visit - God please let it still be there!!!!!
|Every eatery has a door bitch and this is the one at Mirebeau.|
Goodbye Mirebeau till maybe 2012 for lunch once again.