Gennes Travel Guide

  • You can stand up!
    You can stand up!
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  • View from the top
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  • The impressive dolmen
    The impressive dolmen
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Gennes Things to Do

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    by iandsmith Updated May 25, 2012

    There was a church on a hill behind the house that begged a visit. It was only a short walk up and it looked photogenic so off we went. It's a steep little track through the forest or you can actually drive up there if you're lazy.
    On arrival I took some shots but we couldn't help but notice a small graveyard. I later found out more (see next tip) but for the moment it remained a mystery.
    This church dates from the XIth century and was contructed on a former Gallo-Roman site

    Saint-Eus��be built over ancient Gallo-Roman site Spire of Saint Eudebe The track up The spire of Saint-Eusebe
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    by iandsmith Written May 25, 2012

    We just happened to park in the carpark here and I thought this building, which turned out to be an agricultural university, was worth a snap.

    Lovely architecture
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    by iandsmith Updated May 25, 2012

    It was 1940, the German army was on the rampage through Europe and they had reached this crossing of the Loire. Resistance was provided by cadets from the Saumur cavalry school. Just 325 of them put up a fight that ultimately proved fruitless.
    Despite their efforts the Germans won the day on June 20th at the cost of 15 young cavalry school cadets lives (depending on where you get your info, the number can be as high as 17).
    The 15 are buried beside Saint Eusebe on the hill overlooking their heroic efforts.
    A plaque on the Les-Roseirs-Sur-Loire side (pic 2) records the event for posterity.

    The replacement bridge The story of the encounter The memorial is beside the church
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Gennes Off The Beaten Path

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    by iandsmith Written May 29, 2012

    This is a very large and impressive tomb. The chamber is square-ish and is divided into two nearly equal rectangles by a row of six standing stones with a gap in the centre. The entrance is to the SE where a small antechamber leads to the main chamber that measures around 7x7m (23x23ft). The capstone is huge and covers the whole surface of the tomb.
    It is a very neat and regular shape, as are the supporting stones and a vast amount of effort must have gone into its construction.
    I remember thinking while standing looking at the size of the slab how on earth they had moved such a huge slab without modern mechanical aids. Rolled along on round wooden logs one suspects.
    You can stand up straight inside it except for where the capstone has cracked in the middle. Well worth searching all around these lanes for. Nearby in some trees are many boulders that might have once been more tombs.
    The tomb may well still be in use as a notice from the mayor was posted here asking people to refrain from nocturnal noise and disturbances. Who knows...

    You can stand up!
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    by iandsmith Written May 29, 2012

    This is hard to find without large scale maps as the villages do not appear on the road maps. From Gennes head west on the D751 and look for a right turn on a narrow lane to La Lussiere, it should also say to La Roche but the sign is facing the wrong way so you might not see it. Follow the lane through these two villages and when you reach the village of La Fontaine there is an old sign pointing to the right up a lane. Follow this and it turns to a sandy track and the chamber is on the left near some picnic benches.

    It's near St. Remy la Varenne

    The Dolmen de la Bajouliere The impressive dolmen
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    by iandsmith Written May 29, 2012

    One of the features of these caves is the sphere. In this sphere you will be truly amazed at the way the sound reflects all around you. Trust me, you haven't heard acoustics until you've sat inside the sphere and made some sort of noise - amazing!
    Then, as mentioned previously, there is the restaurant that never was.
    Then there's the exterior and the concrete.
    Then there's all the sculpture done in the tufa (tuff, tuffa, tuffeau - there are several ways of spelling what essentially is volcanic ash). This is a soft rock to carve into which is why wherever it exists you'll invariably find man made caves (such as in Cappadocia in Turkey) but it's not often turned into an art form such as here.

    Our guide Another unexplained shape Inside shapes View from the top
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