Masseret !

Another town not yet in my blog but of many memories that me think needs to be here. This is another small village in my road warrior trips of my belle France. There is a nice anecdote and will tell you a bit on Masseret. Hope you enjoy it as I.

The town of Masseret is located in the Corrèze department no, 19, in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. It is crossed by the A 20 highway which connects Vierzon to Montauban. It is served by exit/sortie 43 (we took and lunch).

The anecdote on this town is that we were coming home from Toulouse and decided to take the scenic toll free route. As the driving time are longer, and my oldest just gotten his driving license, I asked for him to do his first long drive on the road. He did well and drove for 4 hours! giving me lots of rest. Now I have a helper once again in the family; and proud to do so for his dear late Mom Martine. I , of course, a proud father!

masseret correze A2O Noel first road drive 4hrs jan20

A bit of history I like tell us the Châtellenie de Masseret came under the Viscount of Limoges and its fate was linked to the family of the Viscounts of Limoges and with the marriage of Marie de Limoges the last Viscountess with Arthur II of Brittany passed into the House of Brittany, then Penthièvre, Albret and Bourbon. Alain d’Albret married in 1470 Françoise de Bretagne of the House of Blois.

Some of the things to see here are:

The Sainte-Catherine d’Alexandrie Church, Built in the 12C, it was last remodeled in 1969 with the replacement of the wooden bell tower by a wall bell tower. The orientation tower, although medieval in appearance, the Masseret tower was built in 1954 and serves as a water tower. It is located on the site of the old feudal castle which, at the top of the hill, made it possible to monitor the passages between Limoges and Brive. Before the construction of the tower, a majestic beech tree, planted around 1792, symbolically recalled the old castle. It was struck down on February 4, 1946. In the center of Masseret stands a tower on top of which an orientation table has been erected. From there a very beautiful circular panorama is revealed: to the north you can see the Monts d’Ambazac, to the east the Plateau de Millevaches, the Massif des Monédières and, on a clear day, the Monts d’Auvergne. The Rabaud Castle (private), built in the early 16C, this castle has a tower centered on its facade. The feudal mound of Renaudie , in the Middle Ages, this castle mound was used to monitor the passages between Upper and Lower Limousin. It is now integrated and enhanced within the Porte de Corrèze rest area on the A 20 highway where we stop for lunch.

The city of Masseret on its heritage

The Pays de l’Uzerche tourist office on Masseret heritage

There you go folks, another dandy road warrior trip in my belle France. Driving is heaven and we love the freedom of the road! Hope you enjoy this bit of introduction on Masseret as we.

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


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