That was 18 months ago, but the other day I finally made it back.
This was not a successful trip.
The idea was to start at Montmorillon because there I could see three things at once: a church, a chapel and an octagon. Apparently. From the car park I could see a church but I never actually managed to reach it. The two other places had no sign posts to them at all, so I didn't see them at all, never mind reach them.
The river looked pretty and I could see the church from here too. This was just about as close as I got.
Onwards. Plenty of other places on the list. Next, Jouhet.
The river at Jouhet, the same river, the Gartempe.
This is the funerary chapel. I went to the church first by mistake, which was shut. However on the chapel door there was a notice to say that if you wanted to see it, the keys could be found in the bar. Or, if the bar was closed, they would be in the Town Hall. Well, it was a very small chapel and there were still plenty of places left on the list....
The church at Pindray .... was shut. There was no indication of any keys anywhere.
They appeared to be having some difficulty in the surrounding graveyard, with rainwater washing away the earth. Many of the gravestones had fallen over or were propped up at odd angles.
Pretty fountain, though. Maybe it overflowed into the graveyard?
It wasn't until I got home that I discovered I should have been looking at the nearby château and not the church at all. I didn't lose anything though, because the château isn't open for visiting. So that's all right then.
And it was back to St Savin itself for a bite to eat in the only place serving food for miles around. Wednesday. Why was everything shut? There was only one more place left on the list, St Germain. I didn't hold out a great deal of hope, and it was just as well.
It was shut. You could collect the keys from the Town Hall, if you happened to know where that was.
The side entrance was locked too. The church was very clearly recently renovated, possibly over-renovated? It all looked a little too perfect for a mediaeval church. The surround for the side door looked as though it had been painted on but it really is stone. It will be pleasant when, if, it's allowed to weather a bit.
Every cloud has a silver lining, however, and I found that the river here gave one of the better views of the abbey itself. All was not lost. Lunch was OK too. Ice cream for dessert. :)