Yes, most of today's photos are from the car windows as we drove from Moulins to Bellac.
|From Moulins to Bellac - wet roads all the way. That's Tommy to the left of the screen that tries very hard not to get us lost.|
|There was a fair bit of work going on in the village - these two doors are part of the same building.|
This is the before version.
|This is the after version - not bad, hey!|
The village had strong spiritual ties to the Bourbons as it has one of the first Burgundy Abbeys. During the middle ages it was a destination of pilgrimage.
To drive the streets of Souvigny was all we could do as the clouds burst down upon us. There was certainly no chance of getting out of the car to wander the streets so Sue took photos from the car window as I drove slowly up and down the narrow roads.
|This ancient church was having work done around its foundations but the workers were performing the digging operations with small hand picks - one wonders what they may have discovered below the earth!|
Even with the heavy rain, the country side showed a different side of its personality. The rolling hills contain forests mixed with green pasture land. Grazing in these green fields are many white cattle.
They are the famous Charolaise cattle especially bred in the area for their tender meat.
|The famous Charolaise cattle of the local district.|
We finally made it to Bellac with time to get a little laundry done before booking into our B and B run by a Scottish couple, Eleanor and John Gash. The house is on three levels with a lovely garden that unfortunately we can't use due to the weather but I can imagine sipping a cold Chardy on a hot day there.Looking out the bedroom window, we look over rooftops and fields. The church bell tower rises above the rooftops and we heard the bells ring several times. I wonder if it will wake us in time for breakfast with our hosts.
|The view from our bedroom window overlooking the garden and the rolling hills.|
On the bright side we get to meet Diane and Nigel of "My Life in the Charente" (see our sidebar for her blog).
PS: We awoke this morning to see that we clocked up 100,000 visitors. We've made friends through blogging and met some along the way which is very gratifying.
I remember when Simon and Susan of "Days on the Claise" reached that milestone and now they are in the 300,000s.