I don’t usually do posts that are “First we did this, and then we did that,” scenarios, but in this case I’m going to string together some sights and scenes of a French village that chances are you wouldn’t go to unless you know someone who lives there.
We did….we were guests of Pascal and Jacqueline for three days, enjoying their exquisite French hospitality. There were funny moments when the language issues got in the way. Wine and good laughs fixed everything.
Montigny is an hour by train from Paris, but a world away from that busy and highly visited city. We stayed in a “time stood still” area in a village of about 600 people. Over the three day visit, our hosts took us around and about to see what this part of France is like. Packed with world charm. Old churches. Ruins. Charcuterie. Lovely homes. An Abby from the 1200s.
The owner of this one came out when he noticed us gawking a bit. He invited us in and mentioned it might be for sale. Hmmmm. Tempting.
We stopped at a military cemetery to admire the precise rows of markers and remember those lost in battle.
Romantic Wedding Venue
At this church in a nearby village, our hosts stopped first to get the key so we could enter as well as walk around the exterior where we saw repair work being done. We noticed a program left behind from a wedding held over the prior weekend. Wouldn’t this be a romantic spot for a wedding? Oozing history, this church was originally Roman style, but converted to Gothic during its long life.
Probably one of the most fascinating sights on the very personal tour was an old Roman Stadium. We drove down a dirt road, filled with pot holes (this was May) and meandered through deserted wood to find the ancient stone structure. Not a tourist in sight except us, imagining the Romans gathering there.
And finally, thank you to our lovely hosts. They graciously shared their lives with us, making us traditional blood sausage and other French specialties. We felt ever so welcome.