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LeMans, France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท 2023

Date: 24-25th September 2023

Travelled: 320 kms from Angoulรชme to Saint-Saturninย 

Visited: Crissay-sur-Manse ย 

Stayed: Saint-Saturnian Aire CC, โ‚ฌ13, N48.06190, E0.16640ย ย 

Budget: 126 days @ โ‚ฌ95 per day

Just to be clear we didnโ€™t drive 320 kms today. We travelled about half way yesterday stopping at a lovely little aire CC in a nature reserve at La Celle-Saint-Avant. In the middle a lovely lake surrounded by trees and grassland. So I gave myself a blog free day, yesterday.

My second admission is that this blog has nothing to do with the race track at LeMans, itโ€™s just that our spot for the night at Saint-Saturnin is a suburb of LeMans.

It was our first cold morning as Autumn takes hold. Pam has gone for a walk while I do some chores. We have serviced the Hymer, setting the GPS for Crissay-sur-Manse about 20 kms north.

Crissay-sur-Manse, Chinon, Indre-et-Loire, Centre-Val de Loire, Metropolitan France, 37220, France

From our guide book the Most Beautiful Villages of France youโ€™ll find Crissay-sur-Manse on page 27. The village stands on sweeping farmland. Our guide book tells us Crissay is an abbreviation of the later word meaning where a fortress stands. The village looks down on the River Manse, so that finishes the explanation of the villages name.

We find a spot in the car-park and go exploring.

In reality there is little to explore, the village is just a few houses a Marie and the church. There is a small hotel and restaurant but it appears closed. The village is neat and tidy like a thousand other villages in France other than the ruin of a castle. The castle is privately owned and despite walking around it the picture below was the best we could do.

We wander down the hill to the ร‰glise Saint-Maurice circa 16th century. It does have some interesting information panels in English so we spend 15 minutes going through the churches history.

So that was it, our 43rd โ€˜most beautiful villageโ€™ was a bit of a fizzer and I wonโ€™t be recommending the 20 kms detour to friends. Not to worry at least a had a few photos for the blog. Other than than we drive north-west for a couple of hours on the autoroute paying another โ‚ฌ20 for the experience.

Thereโ€™s little traffic until we hit LeMans which appears little more than a round-about within round-about. We settle in to the aire and relax another day done.

Michael + Pam

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