Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Memorial de la Resistance - France

The memorial to the Resistance Chasseneuil-sur-Bonnieure in Charente , was built at the end of the Second World War in memory of the 1465 martyrs of the Resistance fighters and the Charente and Charente-Maritime  Cemetery.
 It is both a memorial to the Resistance and National Cemetery.
The Maquis Bir Hacheim had Chasseneuil-sur-Bonnieure as cradle.. The surviving members including Colonel André Chabanne and Guy Pascaud had the idea, since the release of the Charente, a monument to the glory of resistance, intended to perpetuate the memory of the fallen volunteers "for freedom and greatness the fatherland "and in particular the 170 shot, deported and died in combat known or anonymous scrub Bir Hacheim.
Edward and Guy Pascaud donated a hill overlooking Chasseneuil and wood that housed the beginnings of the Maquis Bir Hacheim .
The monument, which is reached by 60 steps, is 21 meters high and symbolizes the strength of its form "V" for Victory and the Cross of Lorraine.
As you stand here looking at the road
you have just driven up it looks like
a straight road , very cleverly done..

No there is actually a bend , and you drive past
and up to the car park ..

As we were here the rain poured but
Diane and I still managed to get out
and get some photos .. it was quite eerie
but not in a scary way.
All the photos below are taken from around the monument ..
I need no more words.

And around the cemetery

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Monday, 10 November 2014

Tom Tower - Oxford

Yesterday I went to see a friend
in Oxford and decided to have my dinner out
and then go to church.
St Aldates church is a vibrant Church of England church right in the heart of Oxford (opposite the famous Tom Tower of Christ Church), serving both the city and universities. Founded in the 10th century or earlier, and still to this day they have a lively worshipping community with an international flavour.
After the service , I waited for my bus and I just  happened to have
my camera with me  - my Nikon D40
thought I would get a bit of practice.
Here we have the
it is over the Tom Gate which is the main
entrance of Christ Church.
Christ Church was also known as "The House", it was founded in 1525 by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, and was originally called Cardinal's College. In 1546 Henry VIII took it over and renamed it Christ Church.
This college is the largest and most visited of all Oxford's Colleges. In the middle of the College lies Tom Quad, the largest quad in Oxford, and Tom Tower, which was dedicated to Thomas of Canterbury.
The upper section of the tower was designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1682. The 7-tonne bell in the tower chimes 101 times each night at 9:05pm, the time when the original 101 students were called back for curfew.
Since Oxford is 5 minutes west of Greenwich, this is actually 9pm.
In this link Oxford Time you will find an explanation about the time , I am NOT even
going to try and explain.
and the next ones are of the ceiling that you can just see above.

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Thursday, 6 November 2014

Villars Abbaye de Boschaud France .

Another great drive out with Diane and Nigel
and this time we were heading to


before we found the Chateau we found
Villars Abbaye de Boschaud
The Abbey of Our Lady of Boschaud
(Bosco Cavo "hollow wood")
is a former abbey Cistercian, founded in the 12th century
by the monks of the Abbey of Notre-Dame-de-Re.

 Amazing that it is still standing, a very interesting find.

I know there are lots of you who love history ♥

THANK YOU NIGEL for stopping and letting us out ..

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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Gallo Roman Baths Chassenon. France - Dreamin of France

Sorry to have been away so long and
thank you for all you fabulous comments,
great to know I still have readers. 
It is now 5 months since my visit to
Diane and Nigel in France. (unbelievable!!)
 Work, family
and computer problems have taken up
a lot of my time.
I have not finished with blogging , just taking my time.
This is not always a good idea as  you lose readers.
I hope you are still out there.
If you are in this area and would like
a very interesting trip out , I would
highly recommend it. 

After visiting the baths you can take a walk on around the paths which are numbered.
So much to see!!

Cassinomagus was an ancient Gallo-Roman town and you can visit one of the best preserved baths in Roman Gaul. It  was only recently that the 2000 year old archaeological remains were discovered near the sleepy little village of Chassenon.

The baths  are amongst the best in the Western Roman Empire making Cassinomagus a major Roman archaeological site in France but also of European importance.


I haven't given you all the history obviously, so much to learn.
Found this interesting site putting the history into a

There are also gardens to walk around , with unusual plants and
Inventions from the past.

A great place to visit if you are in this area
Unfortunately it is now not open to the public until Spring 2015.
Info on this link
Hope you are still interested , sorry if I have been so out of touch!!
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