I’ve just realized – to my surprise – that, besides a few ‘food’ stories, I’ve been posting about our weekend in the Alsace for more than two weeks now … which is quite an achievement, considering that it was a mere four day trip!
Before long we’ll be off to
Whilst staying in Vouvray last year, we decided to venture outside our beloved
We took the A10 from
I’ve been using La Roche-Posay foundation cream for years and I thought it might be fun to visit the town and the laboratory … and maybe get some foundation cream at factory outlet prices!
Our visit turned to be a disappointment on all accounts. Although the town square offered a pretty sight with its colourful and rich floral decorations and in spite of the fact that the streets and sidewalk terraces were crowded with people, the atmosphere was somewhat gloomy. You could almost feel that most visitors didn’t come here for fun. I wouldn’t go as far as to say that it felt a bit like a hospital site… but nearly. We made some enquiries at the local pharmacist about the exact location of the laboratory and quickly learned that it was completely ‘off-limits’ for ‘unqualified visitors’.
Fairly disappointed, we scuttled off towards the old town, which was much more to our liking. Walking through the narrow streets and alleys we came across some lovely old houses and a small park. In it stood a medieval ‘donjon’ which, judging by the scaffolding with enough wooden seats to accommodate an audience of about a 100 people, was probably used as a stage setting for outdoor theatre performances.
Many of the typical houses had signs ‘Meublé à louer’ (furnished flat or apartment for rent) stuck behind the window or on the door. We wondered whether these housing facilities were meant for the numerous people coming to town seeking relieve for there skin disorders. Or were they just regular holiday homes for tourists visiting the area? Or were they vacant because the local inhabitants were fleeing town?
We left La Roche-Posay with mixed feelings. The town itself was pretty enough, but the atmosphere was very peculiar … making us feel uneasy. We were anxious to get to Angles-sur-Anglin, the next village on our to-see-list!