Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Idyllic Angles-sur-l'Anglin, France - #AtoZChallenge

When we planned a trip to France, we were sure not to spend an entire vacation in Paris. So after careful research, we selected one of the most beautiful villages in France - Angles-sur-l'Anglin.

We had rented a car from Paris to make travelling around easier. I must say the journey was as picturesque as the destination itself. We drove through villages after villages, which seemed like life-size paintings. We entered the village just an hour before the sunset. We had booked a home stay with a middle-aged French couple living in that village since many years. We freshened up quickly and headed out on a leisurely stroll with a map in our hand.

P.C. Kedar Gadre
The couple recommended us the roman style church. The road to church was fairly easy, in fact, we soon realised that the village was so tiny that it was almost impossible to get lost even if we wanted to. It is the tiniest village I have ever seen with the population probably less than 2000. As we settled down on a bench outside the church, nature took out the best from its storeroom. First, it started with the bright orange sun barely touching the horizon with nothing but the sound of the flowing river & some birds in the background. As the sun started hiding behind the horizon, a cuckoo bird made a grand entrance for its special performance of the evening. We sat there spellbound watching the most beautiful sunset of our life. The sky turned various shades of Orange, Pink, Red and Yellow as if the best painter of the world was creating a masterpiece in front of our eyes.

P.C. Kedar Gadre
The next day was full of history and heritage. We started our day with a lovely walking trail passing alongside the river followed by a visit to the Roc Aux Sorciers - prehistoric carvings dating from approx. 14,000 years ago. The carvings were three-dimensional similar to a simple form of murals, depicting animals. The movie they played gave us unique insight into the people who walked that land many thousand years ago, their way of life and challenges.

After a quick bite in a town centre (literally set of tables and chairs set in the centre of the village with multiple outlets around it), we headed to the ruins of an 11th-century castle. An evening gazing at the serenity, river and the traditional mill on the side of the river was the perfect end to a perfect day.

P.C. Kedar Gadre

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  1. So very idyllic indeed...some places etch an image that brings calmness to the soul, even at their mention. I believe it is one of those for you!
    Thanks for a pennyless ride through this French village.
    Anagha from Team MocktailMommies

  2. It is mesmarizing village stay.feel like visiting the place some time