It is one of the 100 most beautiful villages in France. We do not know the other 99 but we think that Gerberoy certainly earned a place in the rankings. Our tour began one afternoon when the sun was setting and the warm light of dusk enhanced the view. Gerberoy was named a city by King Philip Augustus in 1202 and was the location of attacks and sieges until the fifteenth century. A land of blood and misery where today you can breathe in complete tranquility. It has houses built in the seventeenth and eighteenth century which were built with clay, wood and they have brick and stone walls where hundreds of roses grow providing the nickname of the "People of the thousand Roses" and whose roses provide a variety of products such as soaps, creams etc. All that remains of the old restored castle is the entrance and a tower in ruins but the painter Henri Le Sidaner created a beautiful garden that served as inspiration for some of his paintings. Walking through its narrow cobbled streets you feel transported back to the medieval era while a few typical nineteenth century mansions bring you to a more recent past.
Point Saint Maxence is a small French town that mostly, as its name implies, has to do with this huge bridge where large cargo ships circulate. When I went there it was under construction, and wire knots were the protagonists of the show.