But before we head inside, let’s take a wander to appreciate the exterior of the church.
The history is a bit unclear to me but the story goes that it was originally founded under the rule of Charlamagne. The bodies of two 5th Century martyrs, Savin and Cyprian, were discovered and a church was built above their crypt to protect these Holy relics.
The church was later rebuilt in the 11th Century, expanded in the 13th Century and the spire we see here was added during the 14th Century.
The building is very imposing, and made me feel quite small in comparison.
The rear of property runs along a portion of the River Gartempe, separated by an impressively old stone wall. It’s also home to a vegetable garden and a selection of fruit trees.
I think it’s time we head inside to see what really brought us here. Oui?
I’ve posted on my blog every day of this year so far. It started off as a New Year’s challenge for the month of January. Once I had met my goal I decided to keep going. I’ve got lots to share still, which surprises me as I expected my content to dry up by now.
Dr. Bonnie Henry, the British Columbia Officer of Public Health, announced today that we’re looking at another month of COVID-19 related restrictions. I can deal with that. Another month of staying home except for quick trips out for more essentials, or for sanity breaks in the fresh air – it’s important and necessary.
On the upper level of Le Tréport, we noticed these stairs. They looked out of place, surrounded by a stunning vista but seemingly going nowhere.
It turns out that they were once part of Hotel Trianon, a grand hotel turned WW1 British Military Hospital. Later, during WW11 the German forces bombed the site. All that was left are the stairs we see today.
Here are some photos I took of display boards, to help imagine how the site looked decades ago.
The fishing town of Le Tréport is split into two parts; one being at sea level and built around the area where the Bresle River meets the ocean – and the other being on top of the striking white cliffs.
For any fan of Claude Monet’s work, or Impressionism art in general, I recommend a visit to Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris’ 16th arrondissement.
While it’s a little further out from the city centre, I found it to be well worth the minimal effort it took me to get there.
I was sporting a very unfashionable walking cast during my visit, which made traipsing around town very interesting, but I would do it again in an heartbeat. The wearing of the boot – not the injury – of course.
There is, after all, nowhere else in the world that can boast the largest collection of Monet pieces!
In addition to housing 100 of Monet’s masterpieces, the Marmottan also features numerous works from the artist’s personal collection (Sisley, Degas and Gauguin to name a few).
The museum is housed in what was once an old hunting lodge owned by a Duke.
Upon the Duke’s death, he left the property and his impressive collection of Impressionist pieces to the French Academy of Fine Arts.
One of Monet’s sons rounded out the collection by adding many of his Father’s personally owned pieces.
The museum is a treat not only for the paintings, but the vast number of other pieces. I’ve shared just a sampling of these that I found myself drooling over.
Check out my full post about this impressive monument, showcasing contributions made by French citizens throughout history.
I’ve accumulated a large (admittedly random) collection of photos of my feet taken during my travels. I thought it might be fun to occasionally share them here onMOTMand link each photo to a more in-depth post I’ve previously published.
It’s days like today that I’m extra thankful for our home. It’s the one place where I can relax and feel safe while blocking out the craziness – and a certain virus – at the door. I’m sure that I’m not alone in this.
This week’s Parisian door is a little different. Instead of being external and ornately decorated, this one can be found at the dark end of an hallway at Hotel La Louisiane in the city’s popular Saint-Germain-des-Près area.