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Doué-la-Fontaine and Rochemenier, a Troglodyte Village

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Driving to our new gite through rural France

Driving to our new gite through rural France

Logis Auberge Bienvenue Restaurant in Doué-la-Fontaine

Logis Auberge Bienvenue Restaurant in Doué-la-Fontaine


Up at 7:30 to figure out our route. That done, we walked over to the main house for another pleasant breakfast and then finished packing. We bade fond farewell to Philip and Rebecca and set off for Doué-la-Fontaine for lunch. We drove there with no trouble and across from the Bioparc we found the Logis de France Auberge Bienvenue Restaurant that we had chosen as our lunch stop for the day. It was new but beautifully decorated and very elegant. Most were eating out on the terrace but it was quite warm so we opted to stay inside sans sunshine. Ed got the cod and I ordered lamb. He had crème brûlée for dessert and I ordered the quenelles de chocolat that were a delight. It was a perfect lunch and perfectly served. [Logis Auberge Bienvenue, 104 Rue de Cholet, 49700 Doué-la-Fontaine; tel: +33 (0)2 4159-2244; Auberge Bienvenue web site]

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Rochemenier Troglodyte Village

Rochemenier Troglodyte Village


Back on the road, we drove to Rochemenier to visit the Troglodyte Village. You go down steps to enter and then go through a series of underground rooms and outbuildings that were an two farms from the 1200s to the 20th century. It is all dug out of the local sandstone . . . and was delightfully cool inside. We wandered through the whole thing and the above-ground church across the street, then since our Peugeot’s GPS wouldn’t take my coordinates, I set Garmin for our gite. [Rochemenier Troglodyte Village, tel: +33 (0)2 4159-1815; Loire-Anjou-Touraine Natural Regional Park, 14 Rue du Musée, 49700 Louresse-Rochemenier, Rochemenier Troglodyte Village web site]

Scenes from Rochemenier Troglodyte Village

Scenes from Rochemenier Troglodyte Village

Rochemenier Troglodyte Village

Rochemenier Troglodyte Village

Rochemenier Troglodyte Village

Rochemenier Troglodyte Village

Eglise Ste. Madeleine et St. Jean

Eglise Ste. Madeleine et St. Jean

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We did well until an access road was barricaded for local construction. This led to an adventure across country but we arrived with two minutes to spare. The gite is a real castle, large and confusing but very nice. Our landlady and her husband don’t speak a word of English so it’s a challenge. We followed her to the local supermarket to get supplies and gas. Used GPS to get back. Had our first French picnic on the patio and unfortunately discovered their Internet does not work. We’ll deal with it tomorrow. We’re both tired and the bed looks very inviting. It may take a week to figure out the lights that are all on some sort of dimmer switch that works slowly. I'm not very patient which is a problem . . . for many reasons, but especially when waiting for a light to get brighter. We have three bedrooms, one in a tower, two full baths, living areas both up and downstairs, a pool table, foosball and a huge modern kitchen. There is a normal front staircase and a wonderful ancient stone circular staircase in the tower. Obviously this is much more than we need but it is under 500 euros for the week, and the location near Angers is perfect for our first full week. Gite Le Plessis-Grammoire web site]

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Posted by Beausoleil 12:01 Archived in France Tagged villages chateaux troglodyte

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The Troglodyte village looks fascinating and I love the look of your gite - especially the tower!

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