Curiosities of my road warrior western campaign!!

Well, I have been saying road warrior in my posts. The reason is I love to travel by car and lucky to be in belle France , both central north and west areas that allowed me to do these trips. I have passed by many many small towns that seems obscure at first but pack a wonderful history and heritage of their own. Therefore, let me use this post to tell you about Etauliers, St Jean de Beugné, and Mouzillon.

The town of Saint-Jean-de-Beugné is located in the Vendée department 85 of the Pays de la Loire region. The St John the Baptist Church built from the 12C to the 15C. It has three altarpieces, and a portrait oil on canvas of St John the Baptist. It is right on the road D137.

Saint jean de Beugné

You can see precious remains of its heritage with the Chapel Sainte Catherine des Mottes, 12-13C near the communal hall in the village of Les Mottes, dating from the Carolingian period or about 751 to 987. An important period in the history of Saint Jean de Beugné, explains the name of St Jean arose from the 8C with the evangelization and the establishment of a priory in the current town depending on the monastery of Luçon. The dominant lord belonged to the Chateaubriand family With the Hundred Years War everything was destroyed and became English possession, The writings tell us that the parish belongs to 2 owners, one to the Marquis de Dangeau and the other to the Chapter of Luçon, A note that during the revolutionary period, the town was called Beugné en Plaine.

The city of Saint Jean de Beugné on its heritage

The town of Mouzillon is located in the Loire-Atlantique department 44, in the Pays de la Loire region. Mouzillon is located in the Muscadet vineyard, 2 km from Vallet, 6 km from Clisson, and 28 km from Nantes.

The tourist attraction of Mouzillon is undoubtedly its Gallo-Roman bridge of four unequal arches which spans the Sanguèze. It would be the vestige of a Celtic road which linked Rouen to Bordeaux and of which Mouzillon would have been a stage. Nearby, the Saint-Julien fountain, said to be miraculous for pilgrims going to Santiago de Compostela. The Saint-Martin Church, rebuilt in the 19C in neo-Gothic style, The church is dedicated to Saint Martin de Vertou, abbot, evangelizer of the region in the 6C.


The city of Mouzillon on its heritage

The vineyards of Nantes on the muscadet grape and Mouzillon

The town of Étauliers is in the Gironde department 33 of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. It is located on the D137 road 60 km from Bordeaux.  By the A10 highway/motorway, Bordeaux is 35 minutes away. The highway junction is 3 minutes from the center of the town,

It is a station on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, a town of history, it owes its prosperity to its geographical location. The ancient Roman road, which links Saintes to Blaye, was used for fourteen centuries. In the 12-13C, it was used by pilgrims to Saint-Santiago de Compostela. A hospital, located near the road, run by religious, was intended for the rest of travelers. The D137 road was known under the name of “royal road” (imperial road under the Empire) and dates from the reign of Charles VIII. Its creation involves the establishment of hotels, inns and stagecoach services which are established by the roadside.

The parish Church Sainte Marie Madeleine rebuilt in 1853, neo-Gothic style, of great purity. It was consecrated on July 22, 1857 and is dedicated to Saint Mary Magdalene. The richly decorated tympanum of the facade houses God the Father surrounded by the symbols of the four evangelists: a lion, an eagle, a bull and a young man. Stone draperies hide false doors. Many stained-glass windows illuminate the interior of the building. Among the saints represented on these stained glass windows, figure Saint Romain, priest and apostle of Blayais,

On August 3, 1808, Napoleon I, the Empress Joséphine and their retinue made a short stop at Étauliers on their return from Bayonne. Another stopover for the emperor took place on October 29, 1808 while he was on his way to Spain. They were accommodated at the Dezage hotel. During its transformation into city/town hall, a Renaissance style fireplace was left in 1903-1904, which is still in the town council chamber. It is shown to visitors as having been part of Napoleon I’s bedroom.


The city of Etauliers info

The private tourism site Caruso33 on the marvels of the Gironde dept 33 on Etauliers

There you go folks, wonderful road warrior trips in my belle France. Beauty, architecture, history is all around us and I am enjoying every minute of it. Hope you do like the post and venture out into the off the beaten path of my France, you will be even more amazed. For now enjoy Mouzillon, St Jean de Beugné, and Etauliers.

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

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4 Comments to “Curiosities of my road warrior western campaign!!”

  1. Out of interest, what car do you drive?


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