The ruins sit on top of a bluff, with beneath it a large watermill. A weeping willow tree adds a dramatic effect to the whole scene. We couldn’t resist shooting several photos from different 'angles'.
The village is also known for ‘Les Jours d'Angles’ (openwork or appliqué embroidery). I wanted to visit the little museum displaying the techniques and some of the intricate creations. Usually my friend is a good sport when it comes to visiting castles, gardens and other unusual places, such as little soap factories, mushroom caves and wineries. This time, however, he couldn’t bring himself to go and look at ‘decorated pieces of textile’ as he disrespectfully called the openwork embroidery. In spite of my insistence, he hustled me into the car and drove straight on to our next destination, the
On a hill overlooking the new town of Chauvigny, five castles and a beautiful Roman church, la Collégiale St. Pierre, will keep sightseers happy for several hours. The castles were all built and/or upgraded between the 12th and the 15th century, while the oldest parts of the church date from the first quarter of the 11th century. We only saw them from a distance, as by the time we got to Chauvigny lunch hour was almost over. Ever since the French government voted a law introducing the 35 hours working week in 1998, restaurants and shops have drastically reduced opening hours to avoid that their staff works overtime. This means that they open up for lunch from till , where as opening hours till as late as or even were no exception in the past.
We only just managed to get a table at on the terrace of a fast food restaurant in the main town square. My friend had a slice of grilled ham, while I chose a hamburger. Both came with French fries and a small green salad. The meal was satisfactory, although my hamburger was slightly overcooked. By the time we had had our coffee it was time to move on.
Instead of taking the motorway for our return trip, we decided on the ‘Route Départementale’ and followed the
Château de Touffou near the village of Bonnes
Angles-sur-Anglin, Chauvigny and Le Château de Touffou are sheer picture postcard material and they definitely made up for our disappointing visit to La Roche-Posay earlier that day.