Niort, August 2009

In Uncategorized on August 8, 2009 by cubsur51

I took the bike for a ride on a ferry and a train to the provincial town of Niort, in the Poitou-Charente region. It’s very prosperous looking countryside, with lots of green fields, woods and vineyards. Niort struck me as one of those places where nothing much has happened since Napoleon’s time. The ‘Donjon’ is the last remaining part of the castle. The towers date back to the time of Henry II and Richard I, ie when that part of France was under English rule. There’s a fine, large, market hall (Les Halles) and a few nice little bits tucked away. The town centre has just been pedestrianised; they had only just finished painting the lines by the look of it.
Much of the town was empty (it was lunchtime when I arrived) but the squares were full of people enjoying lunch in the sunshine, pleasures denied to many parts of the UK.
Prices in France can be frightening!

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