Interesting places in the Pyrenees and around with Jane Cautch

The “Park of the hydraulic animals” – main tourist facility in La Roche-sur-Yon

The “Park of the hydraulic animals”  is the main tourist and cultural facility of La Roche-sur-Yon, France. At the heart of Place Napoléon, 13 animals of wood and steel are present today.

The story goes that when Napoleon founded the town in 1804, scholars who had returned from his expedition to Egypt chose La Roche-sur-Yon to …

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Talmont-sur-Gironde and its Sainte-Radegonde church

Talmont-sur-Gironde is a commune in the Charente-Maritime department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in southwestern France.

The village is a member of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (“The most beautiful villages of France”) association.

Former bastide founded by the King of England and Duke of Aquitaine, Edward I in 1284, this small town camped on a …

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Le Grand Blockhaus in Batz-sur-Mer, part of the Nazi Atlantic Wall

The Museum of Le Grand Blockhaus in Batz-sur-Mer, France.

The Atlantic Wall was an extensive system of coastal defences and fortifications built by Nazi Germany between 1942 and 1944, along the coast of continental Europe and Scandinavia as a defence against an anticipated Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe from the United Kingdom, during World War II. …

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Trizay – former Benedictine priory from 11th century

The Saint-Jean-l’Évangéliste priory of Trizay is a former Benedictine priory founded in the eleventh century. Located in Trizay, in the French department of Charente-Maritime, in the former province of Saintonge, it was a dependency of the Abbey of Chaise-Dieu. Located about 20 minutes by car from Rochefort.

Long abandoned, it was restored in 1994. The convent buildings …

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Sablonceaux Abbey and its Notre-Dame church

Sablonceaux Abbey (fr. Abbaye de Sablonceaux) is a former Augustinian monastery located in Sablonceaux in the Charente-Maritime department of south-western France. It is now occupied by members of the Chemin Neuf Community. Located about 20 minutes by car from Rochefort.

In 1962 André Malraux, Minister of Culture, ordered the restoration of the sanctuary, which took twenty …

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