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November 18, 2021

Some news from France, CCCLI

And time again to speak about my belle France. This is my regular series of some news from France now in its 351 edition thanks to you all! Winter is setting with a colder week now 11C but in the morning and late nights goes to 3C, and the forecast for the next 15 days is lows of 0C and highs of 12C. Let me get right into the news by yours truly!

Vueling is an airline of the IAG group (International Airlines Group) and one of the major players in connectivity in Spain, the largest domestic air market in Europe. the company was recently named best low-cost operator in Europe in 2021 by Skytrax – the international air transport rating organization. Vueling which operates from 6 airports (Paris, Nantes, Bordeaux, Marseille, Nice and Lyon) in France, is strengthening its flight program from Paris-Orly and will operate from November 2021 to 32 new routes across Europe. Vueling is increasing connections to Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom and Denmark and will also allow travelers to fly to new destinations such as Sweden and Norway, a first from Paris-Orly. From November, it will now be possible to travel with Vueling to 6 new Spanish airports from Paris-Orly: La Palma, Jerez, Asturias, Santander, Granada and Zaragoza, in addition to the 15 direct connections already operated by the company, namely : Barcelona, ​​Menorca, Mallorca, Ibiza, Valencia, Alicante, Malaga, Seville, Madrid, Bilbao, Santiago, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. Webpage:

My fav rue de Rivoli, a major axis undergoing rapid change thanks to the mayor’s office. It is one of the central axes of Paris. Connecting the east of Paris to the heart of the city, the rue de Rivoli passes in front of the Hôtel de Ville, leads to the Louvre museum before finishing its course along the Tuileries. 3.07 km which make it one of the longest routes in Paris. And due to car traffic ruings the Rue de Rivoli going from 1éme to 4éme arrondissement,and the second commercial axis most affected by store closings, behind Boulevard St-Michel (5éme). Many traders accuse the city’s road improvements which prevent through traffic as a source of disaffection with the street. Paris is in danger thanks to the mayor’s office and to think she is running for President of France!!!

In the 15éme arrondissement of Paris by avenue de la Porte-de-Sèvres, you will see luminous ground marking device installed on the pedestrian crossing of the access ramp to the ring road aims to strengthen the vigilance of motorists. Day and night, each time the “pedestrian” light goes green, a double strip of White LEDs light up (with more or less intensity depending on the time of day) on either side of the passage. A third row of leds, known as the “effect strip”, positioned one meter fifty before the zebras lines, also light up simultaneously. The objective is to encourage motorists to respect the “pedestrian priority” … And to stop well upstream of the protected passage. And it seems to work! Now this is a good idea, credit when credit is due.

The scourge of taxi or VTC trips with bogus drivers who charge prohibitive prices has grown in Île-de-France region , and has become the plague of stations and airports in the Paris region. Rogue taxis, illegal drivers and greedy VTCs frequently and shamelessly scam tourists and passengers unfamiliar with the rules. So there is a special police for this sort of scheme but not enough, therefore, be aware when coming and make sure you get reservation ahead of time, its possible online for genuine taxi cos like G7. webpage:

Saw on the news wow! The Canal Saint-Martin overflowed due to human error? After the overflows, the questions. The City is trying to understand why and how such an event could have happened. The investigation begins. 24 hours after the Canal Saint-Martin overflowed, covering the Valmy and Jemmapes quays on both sides, under mini-torrents of water. Flooded indeed. Never seen it so I go with the thesis it was a human error on the levies.

On December 4, 2021 go to La Villette for a spectacular parade of lanterns that promises to fill the eyes. These little lanterns, made by schoolchildren and artists from the Les Poussières collective, will be made of paper, silk and wicker. A nice walk in light, soft and poetic, all accompanied by music, which is part of the Lights festival! which takes place in La Villette over several days. Lantern parade, Parc de la Villette – 211 avenue Jean-Jaurès – 19éme. webpage:

It has been there since the 17C : what if the chestnut tree from La Celle-Saint-Cloud was the most beautiful tree in France? This majestic specimen, around 330 years old, takes part in the annual competition which crowns the most beautiful trees in France. . The chestnut tree of Place Audran, representative of Ile-de-France, seems to be heading for a duel with the tree of the Grand Est for the title of most beautiful French tree. I have passed by it in my car and indeed a beautiful tree hopes it wins!!! city info webpage:

At the Château de Compiègne, the cutting of 80 “historic” trees saddens walkers. Officials at the Imperial Palace say the over-old trees threatened the safety of passers-by along allée du Fleuriste. At the end of the redevelopment operation, which begins on November 20 and will last for a year, 190 lime trees are to be replanted. Yes sad indeed.

The Cannes animal photography festival opens today 18 November 2021 in Montier-en-Der (Haute-Marne 52), a town of 2,200 inhabitants on the edge of Lac du Der, is undergoing a metamorphosis during the International Animal Photo Festival which starts today, with exhibitions to be seen at 15 sites.Webpage:

Bordeaux, really? Yes, but on the right bank. All you have to do is cross the wide Garonne river in a tram stop to get to the Bastide district. We have been and even stayed overnight here on our runs to Spain! The district, which was attached to the city in 1865, at the time of its industrial and port glory, has long been popular, then neglected. Since the 2000s, it has been the subject of a major renovation project, turning again to the banks of the Garonne. The stroll could begin in the superb Botanical Garden, where you walk along rare species , pretty ponds and wooden greenhouses. Here we are at the Darwin ecosystem, an alternative place installed in the former General Stores, which is making the talk. And, since you are on the right bank, you put your luggage at Eklo, which is a hotel-restaurant, rental of studios and a youth hostel all at the same time ; was not available in our run but on our list. Botanical garden, Esplanade Linné. Open from 8h to 18h in winter, until 20h in summer. Greenhouses and exhibition rooms, from 11h to 18h, except Mondays and public holidays. Ecosystem Darwin, 87, quai des Queyries. Eklo, 10, rue de la Gare-d’Orléans.

The Botanical Gardens webpage:

The Eklo hotel complex webpage:

And from cognac to else, an upcoming region for tasting the very best. In Charente, French distilleries do not only produce spirits from France’s heritage. They also make their own rums, gins, whiskeys or vodkas. Achievements which meet with great success. France has unique know-how in the world in terms of distillation, it can bring its touch beyond its own traditions, as told by Frédéric Dussart, new owner of Château du Breuil, ancestral flagship of Calvados. He bought it in 2020 and transformed the Norman institution into a “French Spirituality”. In addition to the great apple eaux-de-vie, the 16C castle in Breuil-en-Auge (Calvados 14) now produces rum (the Rum Explorer range), gin (C’est Nous) and whiskey ( Le Breuil). A power carried by the cognac houses, ” we must make the stereotypes of the French art of living flourish in the world of spirits, “adds Julien Courtey-Fevrier, director of the Charente association Spirits Valley. In the rich landscape of made in France spirits, Spirits Valley, is the development lighthouse of all these spirits. According to International Wine and Spirit Research (IWSR), more than half of the “super premium” spirits sold over 30€ consumed in the world come from this corner of Nouvelle Aquitaine. Alexandre Gabriel, owner, in Ars (Charente), of the Ferrand cognac house, of the Plantation brand of rums and of the Citadelle gins. “France being the homeland of gastronomy, it is also the sparehead of spirits for the future. More to be seen….

Ah, autumn, its dead leaves and its warm colors, places that we will never get tired of and that we squat for hours to admire Paris all on fire red. Here are my best spots over the years to see this transformation!

What could be better than the highest spot in Paris to appreciate the capital in autumn? Stand in front of the Belleville cemetery, rue Télégraphe, and you will be almost 130 meters above sea level. Highest point rue du Télégraphe 20éme Parc de Belleville 47, rue des Couronnes 20éme

Also by Rue Saint-Vincent . It is at the bend of a cobbled street in Montmartre that you will see the small rue Saint-Vincent and its magnificent colored wall of 400 meters. A former road in the town of Montmartre, this 18C street was formed from a path already named in 1325. And since then, it has been transformed every year into a real autumnal spot. Bring your cameras! Rue Saint-Vincent 18éme arrondissement.

There are still a few beautiful addresses where the spirit that made Paris so successful remains. This is exactly what we present to you today with the pretty place of Fürstenberg. Nestled in the heart of the 6éme arrondissement, right next to the Saint-Germain-des-Prés Church, it bears the name of Cardinal Guillaume Egon de Fürstenberg, abbot of the district at the beginning of the 18C.Place de Fürstenberg, Rue de la Paroisse and Rue de Wertingen , a nice corner of Paris in the 6éme arrondissement.

L’île aux Cygnes or Swan Island with its benches on either side, you can easily rest or stroll in the sun on this small tree-lined island 850 meters long and 11 meters wide! And one thing is certain: calm and serenity will transport you far from Paris. After all, the replica of the Statue of Liberty is only a few yards away. L’île aux Cygnes 15éme arrondissement

Those who know the Coulée Verte know that it crosses part of the city, and offers a vegetarian break to Parisians lacking oxygen. In autumn, flowering trees give way to multicolored fallen leaves. You have to start at 44-46 rue de Lyon then take the stairs right next to the entrance to the car park. Above Avenue Daumesnil, the Arts viaduct slips away and the route begins: trees to the right, to the left, no car … you overlook the city. La Promenade plantée 44-46 rue de Lyon, 12éme arrondissement.

Some artsy events I like coming up in my belle France, hope you can catch one of them, nice.

Located in old quarries dug with 6000 m2 of projection surface, this exceptional cultural place offers unique exhibitions in the world. Enough to experience art fully! Through a thematic, intimate and introspective journey, the immersive exhibition created and staged by Cutback under the artistic direction of Gianfranco Iannuzzi, reveals Cezanne’s intimate turmoil, the strength of his constructions, his relationship to light and colors. and his link with nature, which remains his great model, even his obsessive reference. Cézanne, the master of Provence . Carrières de Lumières Route de Maillane – Les Baux-de-Provence (13) Until January 16, 2022. webpage:

The Bassins de Lumières takes us once again for an immersive epic in the Mediterranean. On the program: masterpieces by some twenty major artists including Renoir, Monet, Pissarro, Matisse, Signac and even Chagall. Through the Mediterranean landscapes, these artists will reinvent themselves and develop the pictorial modernity that we know them today. Monet, Renoir… Chagall. Travels in the Mediterranean Bassins de Lumiéres. Impasse Brown de Colstoun – Bordeaux (33) Until January 2, 2022.webpage:

Entitled Disgusting Food Museum, Bon appétit?!. In a fun course, we discover the 85 foods known as the most disgusting in the world and we change our received ideas. The exhibition plays on taste, of course, but also on smell and our other senses. The opportunity to satisfy one’s curiosity, of course, but also to open up to other cultures and discover unknown foods with, as a bonus, a tasting to combine the useful with the pleasant (or not). , Enjoy your meal ?! Cap Sciences Hangar 20, Quai de Bacalan – Bordeaux (33) Until January 2, 2022. webpage:

The Marc Chagall National Museum in Nice showcases the artist’s creations, and in particular two pieces kept at the museum: the model of La Rose Bleue for Metz Cathedral and the stained glass windows of La Création du Monde, designed for the concert hall of the museum. A work that will allow a unique moment through the discovery of the stained glass windows lit up with a thousand lights in the morning light, before being carried away in the evening by the music in the concert hall. Marc Chagall, le passeur de lumière. Marc Chagall National Museum; Avenue Dr Ménard – Nice (06). Until January 10, 2022. webpage:

And to finish with the event of today all over France and by now the world , the arrival of the Beaujolais nouveau red wines. I had skip tasting today, but friends call me and told me about a nice one which should be on my list for future visits to Paris. Maybe you get there first and let me know your thoughts on the food market and thirst on bd Belleville. As you know every year, it falls on the 3rd Thursday of November. The beautiful, the new beaujo of course! The Food Market and Soif are joining forces for the first time to celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau with great fanfare, all to the sound of a DJ set concocted by Soif. Appointment, as usual, for dishes under 10 €, good wine and good sound on Bd Ménilmontant between Belleville and Couronnes. Thursday November 18 2021. Boulevard de Belleville – Ménilmontant. You can follow or better join in Facebook:

There you go folks, another dandy from dandy France! You all stay tune, things are starting to come back all over the hexagone, République Française or France just enough. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

November 18, 2021

Collegiate Church Saint Martin of Candes Saint Martin!!!

Again, our intention was to visit our friend winegrower in St Nicolas de Bourgueil and on the way back to see the fortress of Chinon,(see posts), but as road warrior trip has it on our way back home we stop at Candes-Saint-Martin (see post).  I have heard of the Collegiate Church Saint Martin and all its wonders ,so took a brief detour and went directly for it. this is one of the wonders of my belle France not to be missed me think. And we like it so much, we will be back soon.Hope you enjoy this philosophical and historical town and post.

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The town of Candes-Saint-Martin or Candes is in the department of Indre-et-Loire,37 in the Centre-Val de Loire region. Located at the confluence of the Loire and the Vienne rivers. The road warrior came along the D 751 ,and for info there is no public transport offer available in the territory of Candes-Saint-Martin itself. The town was founded by Martin de Tours on the western border of his diocese in the last quarter of the 4C, Candes was one of the first parishes in Tours. Saint Martin died in Candes on November 8, 397, which established the notoriety of this small parish where, in the Middle Ages, stood a collegiate church famous for the richness of its sculpted decoration. The precise time when Martin founded the parish of Candes is not known, perhaps around 387, at the same time as he destroyed a pagan temple nearby , In October 397, Martin came to Candes to settle a dispute. , of an unspecified nature, between religious folks ; he was then about 81 years old, was very tired and knew that this trip could be fatal for him On the spot, he managed to restore peace but he was so weakened that his return was not possible. Finally, he died on November 8, 397 in a building on the site of which a chapel of the collegiate church of Candes may later be built.

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The 12-13C Collegiate Church Saint Martin, fortified in the 15C and restored several times until the 21C. This pilgrimage church is very strongly inspired by the Gothic style of the West but the richness of its decoration, nave and north porch and the fortified arrangements which were added to it make it a unique building. In 1050, the Church of Candes was mentioned as a “collegiate” and its chapter had twelve canons. The old Saint-Maurice church being ruined, the current Saint-Martin de Candes Church was built between 1175 and the middle of the 13C.It is characterized by a very rich sculpted decoration which adorns its transept and its nave but, above all, by a monumental porch open on the north side of the latter.

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Candes St Martin Collegiale ch St Martin back nave nov21

Work begins with the choir. It is possible that the chapel of the north apse of this choir, known as the Saint-Martin Chapel, reputed to be built on the site of Martin’s mortuary house, will follow the construction of the main apse and the south apse of the chapel. choir, then the southern chapel which serves as a sacristy in modern times, all in the last quarter of the 12C. The construction continues with the northern chapel, known as the Chapel of the Virgin, adjoining the north to the Chapel of St. Martin and the transept with his sculptures during the first quarter of the 13C.

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The planned nave had to be of the same height as the transept, less high than that built and which therefore required the reworking of the transept. Its width was also different, with the side aisles narrower than the main aisle, which explains the irregularities at the level of the connection between the nave and the transept. The architecture of this part of the building, such as it is ultimately retained, seems to be strongly inspired by the Cathedral of Saint-Pierre de Poitiers (see post) , while the modenature recalls the choir of Cathedral Saint-Julien in Le Mans (see post).

The facade is accompanied by two powerful masonry blocks, in the form of towers at the angles, completed by intermediate buttresses terminated in pinnacles engaged and integrated into the decor. These buttresses frame a single pointed arch portal surmounted by a colonnade and an arcade which continue on the buttresses, a rose then a niche today empty; a semicircular bay, on either side of the buttresses, completes the arrangement. The entrance opens onto a large porch measuring 9.50 × 5 meters in interior dimensions open at the level of the second bay of the nave. The porch, made up of three bays, is ribbed vaulted. In its center, a monolithic column. Above the porch, the so-called Saint-Michel Chapel is also made up of three spans covered with ribbed vaults superimposed on those of the porch. It is accessible by a narrow staircase made in the thickness of the wall and connected to the spiral staircase from a corner of the facade The porch is adorned, externally and internally, with numerous statues accompanied by a rich sculpted decoration.  Even if it is not formally established, the very probable vocation of the pilgrimage to the Church of Candes Saint-Martin is reinforced by the opening of the porch, with direct access to a path inherited from an ancient path that runs alongside the Vienne and the Loire rivers, The realization of its decoration intervenes a few years later; however, it remains unfinished for unknown reasons (possibly financial).

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Candes St Martin Collegiale ch St Martin tomb of St Martin nov21

It is probably to respond to the insecurity linked to the Hundred Years War that the church was partly fortified in the 15C. The two towers which flank the facade and the two others, at the angles of the porch, see their summits resumed. and crowned by machicolations and crenellations, these four fortified towers are connected by a walkway which climbs the slopes of the roof. A bretèche was built on the facade of the porch and watch rooms were fitted out in the upper part of the apses, raised for the occasion. It is possible that the collegiate church was then designed as a small fort that could serve as a refuge for the population of Candes in the event of an attack; it thus becomes one of the rare fortified churches in Touraine.  Despite the fortification of the church, the troops of Gabriel I of Montgommery destroyed certain objects including a wax bust of Louis XI, a gift from the king himself, and mutilated the statues of the porch in 1562, at the start of the Wars of Religion. They burn the chartrier of the collegiate church. The destruction of these documents is at the origin of an imperfect knowledge of the medieval history of Candes and the collegiate church, for which only two texts from before the 19C remain, which mention its history.

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The 18C altar, clad in black marble, is the only liturgical furniture preserved from the Collegiate Church Saint Martin in the 18C is decorated in its center with a dove on a radiant background. The tabernacle, placed on the altar, is surmounted by a Christ on the cross. Until the modifications of the 19C, it was not leaned against the apse altar in the Roman style but located at the crossing of the transept. The three paintings represent : The Baptism of Christ (16C), Saint Paul fallen on the road to Damascus (17C), and The charity of Saint Martin (1837). In 2017, only this last painting is visible to the public above the entrance to the Saint-Martin Chapel; the other two are kept in the sacristy, which is not accessible.  The statues of the 17C, in terracotta on a painted wooden support, form a group composed of a Christ on the cross framed by the Blessed Virgin and Saint John. These statues were placed at the entrance to the nave, on the north side, after 1715. The bronze bell, cast in 1728 to be installed in the reconstructed bell tower, is called “Marie-Louise”. It was restored in 2013.

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The official Collegiale Church Saint Martin webpage :

The Touraine Val de Loire tourist office on the Collegiale Church Saint Martin :

The city of Candes St Martin on its heritage

There you go folks, this is a masterpiece that needs to be seen and seen again we will. The Collegiate Church Saint Martin at Candes Saint Martin, a loving combination of architecture, history,and nice stories. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!!

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November 18, 2021

Candes-Saint-Martin !!!

So this was the surprise of the trip to the Loire Valley. I intended to go for our wines in St Nicolas de Bourgueil and see the fortress of Chinon,(see posts), but as road warrior trip has it on our way back home we stop at Candes-Saint-Martin. I have heard of all the wonders of this little town , especially the Collegiale Church Saint Martin,(see post), the reason to stop by finally!!! I told you we have endless opportunities of seeing wonders in my belle France. This will be an introductory post to Candes Saint Martin, sure we will be back for more; hope you enjoy it as I.

The town of Candes-Saint-Martin or Candes is in the department of Indre-et-Loire,37 in the Centre-Val de Loire region. Located at the confluence of the Loire and the Vienne rivers, by Tours and towards Saumur, Tours,is only 50 km ,Chinon, 14 km ,Saumur, 12 km . Access to the town is exclusively by road, with the D 751 (our route) which runs along the south bank of the Vienne river and which links Chinon to Saumur via Candes-Saint-Martin and the D 147 which, from Candes, joins Loudun south. No public transport offer is available in the territory of Candes-Saint-Martin itself.

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Things to consider, amazing!  The area of Candes-Saint-Martin is exposed to the risk of flooding, either by overflow of the Loire and the Vienne rivers, or by reflux of the Loire in flood in the valley of the Vienne. The subsoil of Candes-Saint-Martin, dug many cavities and several quarries linked to the past exploitation of tuffeau stones, is thus weakened and exposed to landslides on the escarpments or on the slopes or even cavity collapses. A plan for the prevention of natural risks of land movements, approved on August 12, 1991, establishes a zoning of the territory according to the intensity of this risk. Candes-Saint-Martin is one of the 23 towns of Indre-et- Loire concerned in 2015 by the special intervention plan (PPI) for the Avoine nuclear power plant set up within a radius of 10 km around the power plant and which provides, in the event of a crisis and under the responsibility of the prefecture, sheltering or total or partial evacuation of the population.

A bit of history of the town I like

Founded by Martin de Tours on the western border of his diocese in the last quarter of the 4C, Candes was one of the first parishes in Tours. Saint Martin died in Candes on November 8, 397, which established the notoriety of this small parish where, in the Middle Ages, stood a collegiate church famous for the richness of its sculpted decoration. The precise time when Martin founded the parish of Candes is not known, perhaps around 387, at the same time as he destroyed a pagan temple nearby. In October 397, Martin came to Candes to settle a dispute. , of an unspecified nature, between religious folks ; he was then about 81 years old, was very tired and knew that this trip could be fatal for him. On the spot, he managed to restore peace, but he was so weakened that his return was not possible. Finally, he died on November 8, 397 in a building on the site of which a chapel of the Collegiate Church of Candes (see post) may later be built.

After the death of Martin, Candes quickly becomes a place where pilgrims come to meditate in the cell where he died, after having prayed on his tomb in Tours; From the second millennium, they sometimes continue their journey to Santiago de Compostela, Many personalities make the trip to Candes, such as Saint Geneviève, the queens Clotilde and Radegonde, or King Charles the Bald who thus inaugurates a long tradition among French sovereigns, King Louis XI made several trips to Saint-Martin de Candes; before him, Philippe Auguste and Charles VII had made the same trip, but the reasons for all these royal trips are not known.

The first fortified castle, near or connected to the city wall, damaged during the Hundred Years War, was repaired at the end of the 14C and the beginning of the 15C. No source makes it possible to restore its appearance or to determine the time of its construction. It was demolished in 1485, replaced by a less austere castle and more in line with the requirements in terms of comfort. This castle, whose construction was completed in 1525, bears the name of Château Vieux; it continues to welcome the archbishops and their guests In the 15C,

The wars of religion cause significant damage to Candes. In 1781, the castle new purchaser hastens to destroy the castle to rebuild it in 1820 a little further to the south the terrace of the new castle is built on the site of the old house demolished; this new castle, baptized Château Neuf, is now a private residence. In 1791, the chapter’s property was seized, the religious dispersed and the church closed to worship. The church was finally reopened in 1802.

The municipal territory of Candes-Saint-Martin is registered in the Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes, registered in 2000 as World Heritage by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for its landscapes, historic sites, monuments and agricultural activities.

Other than the collegiale church, which is a must (see post) other things to see in Candes Saint Martin are :

The Château Vieux or old castle of the archbishops of Tours was built from the 15C to the 17C to replace a fortified castle that has disappeared. it was until the end of the 17C a summer residence for the archbishops of Tours; without being demolished, it is then replaced by a new castle. The Château Neuf or new castle, replaced after the French revolution replace and older construction built from 1682 and which fulfills the same function of episcopal residence. A semicircular portal surmounted by machicolations gives access to its courtyard and a semicircular avant-corps of its north facade juts out onto the terrace.

The mansion of the provost was the seat of the local court until the 18C under the presidency of one of the canons, elevated to the rank of provost. A staircase turret accompanies its north facade. Near the collegiate church, four houses or residences from the 15-16C ; these are the Old Logis de Candes from the 16C has a stone spiral staircase turret .  A 16C house had, until the enlargement of its bays , Renaissance capitals; they have disappeared but the moldings framing the oculus and the door still remain. Another house from the 16C, was from 1769 until the French revolution the presbytery of the churches; located to the north of the latter, it retains its staircase turret, the roof of which has disappeared. Built in the 12C and remodeled in the 16C a canonical house served as a presbytery after the French revolution; its west facade is pierced with a Romanesque window and it has, overlooking its inner courtyard, a stone staircase turret.

The Puits-Saint-Michel cellar mill, of a type common in the west of Touraine and in Anjou, is still in good condition, rue du Puits-Saint-Michel ,The miller’s accommodation, adjacent to the mill, is also preserved . The castle with its park located outside the medieval wall, spans this street, like the one which adjoins the tour l’Enfant or tower of the child and tour d’Aubigny tower. Built in 1490 but extensively altered later, this tower kept one of the city gates, more specifically reserved for the use of lords.

The 15C garrison house, which was very much altered later, is part of the medieval defensive system of Candes on the old Fontevraud road, near the Porte de Torché. The Maison-Dieu or chaplaincy, route de Compostelle, was in the 16C a hospice welcoming patients and pilgrims. Founded by one of the canons of Candes ten years before the French revolution, the house of charity, also known as the canon’s house, is a place where the instruction of young girls is then carried out under the guidance of nuns of the congregation of the Sisters of Providence of Saumur; the latter also provide care for the needy in the parish. Once the revolutionary episode has passed, nuns continued their activity there until WWII, limiting themselves to medical aid from 1905.

The city of Candes St Martin on its heritage

The Touraine Val de Loire tourist office on one of the most beautiful villages of France, Candes St Martin

The Saumur tourist office on Candes St Martin

There you go folks, a dandy in my lovely Loire Valley of my belle France. Another nice surprise to finally stop by Candes Saint Martin, really needs a revisit ,and I will. Hope you enjoy the post and do make it here too.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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