Date: 24-25th September 2023
Travelled: 320 kms from Angoulême to Saint-Saturnin
Stayed: Saint-Saturnian Aire CC, €13, N48.06190, E0.16640
Budget: 126 days @ €95 per day
Just to be clear we didn’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, it’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.
From our guide book the Most Beautiful Villages of France you’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 Église 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 ‘most beautiful village’ was a bit of a fizzer and I won’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 €20 for the experience.
There’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