Brilliantly prepared to enjoy and relax in this beautiful theme park. Don't go looking for scary attractions. It's another thing; strange visions of what may happen in the future, 3D movies, gorgeous evening shows. And all this, in a lovely park, with futuristic buildings, large ponds with fountains, relaxing green spaces, flowers, sculptures, restaurants, children's areas, hammocks in most corners. I recommend it as something different to experience.
The tourist office of Poitiers has a simple idea, but a great one: just follow the lines! From the magnificent church of Notre Dame la Grande in the center, there are three pedestrian routes that you can follow around the city. On the ground there are three colored lines for three tracks: the blue line leads to the old neighborhood with the Episcopal church with Sainte Radegonde and main road (Grand Rue). The yellow line from Notre Dame, will lead to another neighborhood, the church of Saint Jean de Montierneuf. And finally, the red line, perhaps my favorite, leads to the church of Saint Hilaire (there are many churches in Poitiers!) which is usually full of Compostela pilgrims. It will also take you to the beautiful Blossac park. Dorothy followed the yellow brick road to Oz, we have a choice of colours!
The Valley of the Monkeys is a unique place in France. You can be in direct contact with more than 30 types of primates (about 400 animals in total) living in completely free in a natural environment of about 15 hectares. It is the largest space dedicated to chimpanzees in Europe and the largest in the France for gorillas. Feeding the animals as they move about is a unique experience. You are the guest in the Valley of the Monkeys. Since its opening, three hundred animals have been born, including 8 young gorillas ve constantly delight visitors. The birth of Kwanza, one of the most popular gorillas, was quite an event. Through multiple exposures, you can see the park's new animals and their habits. Also, for children, there is a mini petting zoo where they can come into direct contact with nature.
Downtown next to the church of Notre Dame (which is wonderful, by the way), you'll find this luxurious and well-stocked tourist information office, where not only can you find out what to do in the city and throughout the region, but also buy tickets for the various attractions around the city. Almost all of the brochures are in Spanish, German and, of course, English. There's also a small archaeological exhibition and one about the history of the city in the office as well. It's an especially useful place in planning your stay in the city or our vacation in France.
A friend of mine gave me a tour of the city of Poitiers, and took me to this small building near the cathedral. I was struck first by the sculpted faces adorning the roof. My friend couldn't tell me if they were supposed to be happy or sad (if anyone knows, tell me!). What struck me later was the age of the place: it was built in the fifth century! What you see today is not the original; it's been transformed over the centuries. It is one of the oldest French baptisteries, and within the front seems more like a bathtub. There's an entry fee of a few euros, but I came at closing time so I could only take a quick peek from the door.
You can find information on the city of Poitiers, like any other, at the city hall but you may find more details at the tourist office in the square of Notre Dame. What interested me particularly was actually the architecture of this particular building. It was built in 1875 and has been newly renovated. During work hours, you can enter and admire the interior architecture, especially the stained glass window located on the first floor. You can see where the building is located from the Leclerc square. The nineteenth-century style is undeniable, with the lamps, statues and majestic stairs. I confess that I was effortlessly seduced! Unfortunately, the Leclerc square has been under construction for months but this shouldn´t stop you from coming to discover this building and the others jewels hiding in this neighborhood!
While it is true that this cathedral is referred to as Gothic (Angevin), its construction began in a very different style. The construction began in twelfth century when Eleanor of Aquitaine ordered its construction. Its from there, that its unique image and style stems. You can find different styles of Gothic in the facade: the central rosette is more Late Gothic and more typical of the area of the Isle of France.
The 18 stained glass windows illuminate the XIII century church as well as the choir stalls. It is a true fusion of styles, mostly gothic (especially in the inside).
A real unique beauty, both on the outside and inside. It is another one of France's historic wonders.
Constructed on a rocky formation, Angles sur l'Anglin has views of the river, with reeds and water lilies. There is the impressive silhouette of the remains of its castle, constructed in the year 1025. There are many places of Angles sur l'Anglin that is worth a visit. One of them is the terrace next to the station of Calvary and the tiny Romanesque chapel. From here you can have the best views. The walls and towers of the old castle can be seen through a crack in the cliff, known as "Tranchée des Anglais". Further north, and on another hill, the Romanesque bell tower can be found. close by is an old mill. The road continues to the suburb of Ste-Croix, where there is an ancient temple with a lovely abbey s facade from the 13th century. Anglis sur l'Anglin was famous for centuries for their embroidery work. A traditional craft which earned a reputation over time in France. Close to this town there have been excavations on rocks that have brought to light significant Magdalenian Period objects.
During the summer, tourists and locals from Poitiers come together outside the church of Notre-Dame-la-Grande to watch acts of polychromatic illumination on the main facade. It is a spectacle of color and fantasy. The building, which was designed with hundreds of colors, recovers all its glory during the summer evenings. Figures that decorate the facades are brought to life with detail and color. With a single focus they are projected with polychromatic illumination. It is done in 15 minutes with extreme caution and precision. Among the 14 projections, there are two of them that are 'archaeological': . That is one good reason to come back the following day...to admire this amazing show.
On a random walk I stumbled upon the Place de La Liberte (Freedom Square). And as I understood the name of the place: There, proudly stands a statue of Liberty of Bartholdi, the original being in New York. The old name of the square, Place du Pylori, was less libertarian and more ... bloody? Keep this since it is the name of a bar / club, or something like that is on the corner of the square, with an environment something weird in my personal feeling.
In the heart of the medieval city of Chauvigny is one of the most precious jewels of French Romanesque art, the Collegiate Church of Saint Pierre whose origins date back to the first third of the eleventh century. The actual construction of this harmonious and elegant building took place during the centuries XII-XIII. Outside, you can admire the delicacy of the bare stone covering the apse, whose lack of decoration gives a sense of elegance and solidity and the rounded domes that crown the chapels, giving way to the robustness of the mighty bell tower that crowns the building. But it is the interior of the collegiate where artists have bequeathed some wonderful gifts. The height of the vaults and brightness prevailing inside the temple allow visitors to see and enjoy the scenes carved in stone by master Gofrius. They correspond with episodes from the life of the Virgin and Jesus with expressive images, grotesque monsters and animals. It will bowl over the art lover.
Saint Hilaire church in Poitiers should really be a UNESCO world heritate site. Its architecture is spectacular, with its 4 chapels that enrich an already immense building. An unmissable part of your trip to Poitiers!
In the town of Aulnay, the Saint Pierre church is surrounded by towering cypress trees. It is a beautiful environment that dazzles whover is lucky enough to see it. The stone which was used to build the church features warm colors and the architecture is very beautiful and with a great quality sculptural decoration. The facade appears to have been carved with millimeter brushes. It has many ornamental floral details across the front and a support for the arch structure. The cruise is of great sophistication. It has a square tower that serves as a reference for pilgrims and travelers several miles away. The imagery used in this building is of great importance. It is part of the Camino de Santiago. You must stop and visit this place, because of its beauty, you will require more time in the town of Aulnay.
The 5 castles rise Chauvigny are on on a rocky crag under the gaze of raptors flying over the ruins . It is a medieval village with a charm and houses whose walls reflect the passage of time. There ivy and moss everywhere. Between NAS recommended Chauvigny visits, is the deñ Baron Castle (constructed by the bishops of Poitiers in the 11th century), Harcourt Castle, the Church of St. Pierre, the Tower of Homage of Gouzon, the Museum of Traditions Popular and Archaeology, the church of Notre-Dame or Touffou Castle. The shadows of naked Chauvigny castles, huge in their structures and shapes dominate this city famous for its porcelain. Its history is also connected to the extraction of fine-grained limestone and the stone Chauvigny. If the porcelain decorates the tables of the best restaurants, with the limestone, the Louvre and the Metropolitan Museum were constructed in limestone.
La Roche Posay is the largest French and European spa dedicated exclusively to skin diseases. In this town, found in a unique setting, you can spend long periods away from the stress of the big cities. Its historic, middle age center and the atmosphere of the streets make this city the perfect place to turn off the phone and experience nature in full voice. Distract yourself by walking between boutiques and hotels, the market and your lift in mood will surprise you! Revel in front of the medieval facades and daydream about nature! The town has done an outstanding job in tourism, the Roche Posay offers outstanding leisure alternatives as there is a casino, racecourse or a golf course to choose from. Make any excuse to do what whatever you like: you're on the Roche Posay.
For those ve read some French and want to improve, reading comics / cartoons is a good way to enjoy a story and improve language ;) For those ve read French there's nothing more entertaining that a good comic! The central Bulles d'encre Store lets you discover the classics Francophone (Tintin, Asterix, Spirou, the Smurfs, Boule et Bill, etc) there'are gem novel like social and easy stories by Manu Larcenet (highly recommended!) Or funnier comics if you want to relax. Customers can buy figurines of famous people, and if they are lucky to attend a talk about the presentation of authors and illustrators (about once a month). I wish you good reading!
Created in 1971 by the architect Jean Monge and opposite the Saint Jean baptistery, where centuries ago it was the abbey of the same name, Sainte-Croix. This museum has 2 main areas. First, the more modern paint section covers the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with known works by Piet Mondrian and Auguste Rodin. Second, the archaeological section spanning prehistory to the early Middle Ages. most impressive are items related to the Paleolithic era, with engravings of the Grotte de la Marche (Magdalenian art) and objects obtained from Neolithic tombs. There is also a Roman section. This museum offers visitors a historical overview of the most memorable landscapes of Poitiers and the region through works of art by local and foreign artists, such as "The siege of Poitiers" by François Nautre in 1619. You need more than an hour to see it well and its price is more than reasonable considering the excellent collection that you can appreciate there.