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    memorial town Oradour sur Glane

    by gwened Written Jan 21, 2015

    A poignant reminder of things not to do again, this town is a memorial to peace after the devastation of war. A completely destroyed town from WWII left in ruins as a reminder of things not to be repeated/ Its a must in the dept of Haute Vienne no 87.

    Oradour sur Glane was a simple town only about 22 kms from Limoges, quiet and peaceful. Until WWII came about and started receiving refugees from 1939, the Republican Spaniards came then anarchists, communists and socialists that were still there in 1943 about 22 of them.

    In April 1944,after losing heavily in the East front the 2nd armored division of the SS Das Reich, under commander Heinz Lammerding, is brought here to rest and rearm near Montauban. orders came to stop all resistance in the area and became heavier by 1944.

    This goes on when ordered to go to Normandy after the invasion there going by Tulle,they encountered more and more resistant opposition and the capture partisans are executed on site. massacres are committed in route at Calviac, and later Tulle by June 9 where 99 men without link to the resistance are hang on the balcons of the houses and 149 are deported the next day. There movement of bad continues towards Limoges.

    By June 9 1944 at the hôtel in the train station or Gare of Saint-Junien, a meeting is held planning the attack and executions at Oradour sur Glane. The first group with vehicules and about 120 men entered the town by the east over the bridge around 13h45 and quickly encicles the town. on the excuse of an arm depot in town, locals not knowing, the massacre begins.

    642 townpeople were executed only about 30 survived, the town goes on, and a must to see and remember and respect. Oradour sur Glane.
    more in contact
    for now the new town
    http://www.oradour-sur-glane.fr/traitement/contenu.php?id_rubrique=57

    city center Oradour sur Glane the memorial plaque at the church arriving at Oradour sur Glane memorial at Cementary
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    Chateau de Rochechourart

    by gwened Written Jan 20, 2015

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    A wonderful castle museum , for me more so for the castle in the Limousin region of France. The museum castl is open from May 1st to October 1st every day except Tuesdays from 10h-12h30 and 13h30-18h. October 1 to December 15 open every day except Tuesdays from 10h-12h30 and 14h-17h. Closed from Dec 15 to March 1st. Admissioin adults 4,60€, always good to check the site for the latest.

    It is reach best by car only 45km from Limoges and 60km from Angoulême. YOu ,also have the train station or airport of LImoges 37 kms, and Angoulême (60km), the train station of Saint Junien (11km) is the closest.

    This is a wonderful castle built from the 12C and has parts of the 15C. The dynasty of the Viscount of Rochechouart (under the count of Poitiers) were the owners from the building it to the sale to the State in 1836. Today the château de Rochechouart houses a department contemporary arts museum and the services of the general council of the haute vienne department 87.

    There are leyends associated with this castle and one of its owners; Viscount Aimery VII of Rochechouart is the protagonist of a legend known as the name of Alix and the lion, reported by Abbot Duléry: Alix was a woman exceptionally beautiful and adorned by great virtue. The intendant of the Castle conceived a violent passion for the viscountess who rebuffed his advances. In revenge, he complained to Viscount by reversing the roles. Mad with rage, Aimery did throw Alix into a Dungeon where a lion which he had offered during his expedition to the Crusades was locked. A few days later, it explored the room. Alix was alive, and the lion was asleep at his side. In took no more to convince the innocence of his wife Hannah. The vicomte was then locked up in solitary confinement the intendant who was devoured by the hungry lion without waiting.

    and there is another leyend here such as, In 1470, Anne, only daughter of Foucaud de Rohechouart, married Jean de Pontville, Chamberlain of Charles de France, Duke of Guyenne and brother of Louis XI. The viscountcy of Rochechouart left the Rochechouart family (which remains with the Lords of Bourdet and Lords of Chandenier). In 1512, their son François murder Pierre Bermondet, Lord of the Boucheron and St.-Laurent-sur-Gorre, which he coveted the land. Ensued a tremendous lawsuit that bankrupted the Pontville. From this simple sordid story came little by little the following legend:

    "François de Pontville being left to hunt, a friend, Bermondet de cromieres, would come visit him at the Château de Rochechouart. Man, renowned for his beautiful hands, would have been received by the viscountess, and then would be returned, after long waiting for the Viscount.
    Upon his return, the viscountess would have warned this last visit of Bermondet, while praising his elegant manners and his beautiful hands. Pontville, a jealous and impulsive character, would have left hurriedly with some men pursuit of his friend. In his sight, riders would have melted on the man who came to greet, and the alleged killed with daggers. Pontville would then cut the victim's hand, would have put it in a box and return to the Castle, would have offered it to his wife telling him: 'Madam, here is the object of your idolatry. This is the beautiful hand of the marquis de Cromières! "The Parliament of Paris, seized of the matter, François de Pontville and his accomplices have been sentenced to death. »

    More in French from the city mayor's office
    http://www.rochechouart.com/tourisme/sites/chateau/

    Chateau de Rochechouart back of castle from garden the spiral staircase inside the renaissance galleries upper level
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    Cathedral St Stephen Limoges

    by gwened Written Jan 18, 2015

    Cathédrale St Etienne de Limoges is another wonderful example of these magnificent buildings.
    took long to build beginning in 1273,and not finished until 1888!

    Open mondays to saturdays from 9h to 18h (17h in winter) ,and Sundays from 10h- 12h and 14h- 18h. The Cathedral was built in granite stones and known as one of the most beautiful oval Cathedrals of the south of France. The first one was built in the 3C by Saint Martial, then basilica dedicated to St Etienne in the 5C; the Roman Cathedral in the 11C where Richard the lionhearted was confirmed Duke of Aquitaine in 1169. The clocktower and the most of the Church dates from the 13C with a join between them that is from the 19C.

    The main artistic works in the cathedral are the Renaissance rood screen, now moved to the western end of the nave, and the tomb of the bishop Jean de Langeac, with sculpted scenes of the Apocalypse. The walls of Romanesque crypt have beautiful frescoes representing Christ in glory. Some medieval paintings are still visible in some chapels (including representatives of angelic musicians) but almost all are frescoes of the 19C.

    The Catholic diosece is here in French
    http://egliseinfo.catholique.fr/lieu/87%2Flimoges%2Fcathedrale-saint-etienne#lieu:87/limoges/cathedrale-saint-etienne

    You must see it

    Cathedral St Etienne upclose back of Cathedral the chaise in the nerf the belltower gardens of the bishop behind Cathedral
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    Aixe-sur-Vienne

    by wandeljp Written Jun 6, 2009

    AIXE-SUR-VIENNE

    Different tips on this page:

    - the chapel Arliquet
    - Malassert bridge
    - walk on the river banks.

    and of course an Hotel Tip

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    Aixe-sur-Vienne: the river banks
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    LIMOGES

    by wandeljp Written Jun 6, 2009

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    LIMOGES

    Different tips on this page:

    - the Pont Saint Etienne
    - the Verdurier
    - Le Grand Céminaire: On hostel at the seminary

    and at last for now a restaurant tip:

    - Le Bistrot du Boucher: Our best address at Limoges

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    Limoges
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    Bénévent-l'Abbaye

    by wandeljp Written Jun 6, 2009

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    Bénévent-l'Abbaye

    Different tips on this page:

    - The Abbey church
    - The way to Santiago of Compostella there
    - Chamborand
    - l'Etang de la Toueille

    and of course:

    Hotel du Cèdre the best hotel we had ever with his wonderful restaurant !

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    B��n��vent-l'Abbaye: Hotel du C��dre
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    LA SOUTERRAINE

    by wandeljp Written Jun 6, 2009

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    LA SOUTERRAINE

    Different tips on this page:

    About the: - Porte Saint Jean: a old city gate.
    - modillons: a habit to put (stoned) heads just under the roofs
    - The Puycharraud gate an other old city gate
    - The city Hal
    - Eglise Notre Dame: Holy Mary church
    - La lanterne des morts: a very old local habit.
    - façades trompe l'oeuil
    - Saint-Agnant-de-Versillat with a other lanterne des morts
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    - a Hotels & Accommodations tip

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    La Souterraine: On the way
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    CUSSAC

    by wandeljp Updated Jun 6, 2009

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    CUSSAC

    Different tips on this page:

    Two castles very impressive, two tips about local custom and one about accamodation.

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    On the way
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  • Treetop Adventure Park - Lac de Vassiviere

    by wandw Written Aug 30, 2007

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    Fantastic Treetop Adventure Park: full training and equipment provided and levels of difficulty from ages 4+
    Highly recommended but don't go if you get vertigo!!! The slides were great fun, but we didn't dare attempt the most difficult course as we were already worn out from balancing our way along the others.

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