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  1. #3201
    I realize the photo isn't much to go by, though when I looked it up I saw that the Plus Beaux Villages website uses a photo of the same arch.

    Ken, you could drive from one Saint (Aignan) to another in about 1.5 hours and, as I said, the town is due south of St. Aignan. Once you go through Argenton-sur-Creuse, you're almost there.

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    Okay, I think I found it, not that I've ever been there -- Saint-Benoit-du-Sault. Your clue made it pretty easy!
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    Ann, you've got it!

    The reason I have so few photos of this particular PBV is that it's not the most charming of villages. Some of these places have a little extra gloss due to tourism, but the center of Saint Benoit looked a little neglected.

    Over to you. Where to next?

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    Here's the next, a city rather than a village:Click image for larger version. 

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    Aloha, Ann



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    Ann, is that Poitiers?

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    Indeed it is Poitiers -- over to you! Have you been there?
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    Ann, if we ever went to Poitiers it would have been many years ago. I didn't identify the church from memory. Wednesday I just happened to see that very same photo on a trip report.

    Now that we're not limiting ourselves to villages, here's a photo of a lively town with quite a lot of half-timbered buildings in good condition and still very much in use. The town was one of the unexpected hits of our most recent trip.

    Take that Century 21 sign with a grain of salt.
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    Is it Troyes?

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    It's more of a dark horse than Troyes, to us, anyway.

    This town is in the Eure. It's a Village of Art and History. Two rivers run through it. Supposedly the intersection of the two rivers made the town too foggy to be targeted for bombing in World War II , so it's one of the most untouched historic towns in Normandy. There is a lot of interesting architecture, including some Art Moderne, some in the checkerboard pattern of brick and stone, a wonderful survival of a little Renaissance courtyard, and two stores still in the medieval style with the second story overhang.

    It's west of Evreux, between Broglie and Brionne.

    On your marks, get set, Google!

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    I think it's Bernay, and I have been there. I lived in Rouen for a year — but more than 40 years ago! I drove through Bernay maybe 12 years ago, so the memory is vague. If I'm right, I'll have to find a village or town photo to post....

  11. #3211
    Bernay it is. On the day we passed through Bernay we cut a wide swath through Normandy, southeast to northwest, and went through maybe a dozen very nice towns on both sides of the Seine. It was a day of discovery for us since most of them aren't known as tourist destinations.

    And now where to?

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    Not that far from Bernay, really. This one might be easy.

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    Not easy for me, Ken -- perhaps time for a clue?
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    Ce village est situé sur le Loir.

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    I was thinking this might be the approach to Lavardin, but that's not near Bernay. Well, from here in the US, it's close, but not from your local perspective!

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    Well, it is Lavardin. It's about two and a half hours south of Bernay.

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    Lavardin was a special place. The magic of nearby Troo escaped us, but Lavardin made up for it.

    This next town seemed like nothing special to us, but I'm going to use the photo just because it's pretty, and I will give copious clues.

    A leader of the Children's Crusade was from here.

    It's on the Loir, and sur-le-Loir is part of its name.

    Residents are cloysiens.

    There are so few of us left on this thread. How long can we keep going?
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    Les Cloysiens would live in Cloyes.

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    Quickest response yet! Over to you.

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    This place is obviously larger than a village.

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    Very quiet here.... Another photo of the town in question:

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    Okay, Ken, time for a little noise -- I think it's Arras.
    Aloha, Ann



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    Right, Ann. You're it!

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    Before I post a photo, I think we need to decide whether it's worth continuing this thread, since there are so few of us involved now. Any thoughts?
    Aloha, Ann



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    I vote we lay it down. It's been wonderful, but it has lost momentum with only a few people participating now.

    When I have one of my photos up I feel obliged to keep checking the thread frequently and I don't really have the time to do that, so I'd almost rather not be the current "winner." I recognized Arras but let it go by for that reason.

    The whole forum seems to be very slow these days, which is sad to see.

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    That is a good point, Ann. Someone asked about this a while back, and several people said to keep going. But now there are only a few of the same people who are posting photos, and it seems to have run its course. The France forum does have the distinction of by far the longest-running thread of all the ST forums. Unless anyone strongly objects, I will close this topic in a couple of days.

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    I will be very sad to see it go....but enyoyed it very much when it was alive and kicking.
    R.I.P.

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    It's obvious that Slow Travel Francophiles have lots of photos and like to share experiences. I also enjoyed this thread but agree it's time to end.

    Maybe someone has an idea for a different PhotoHunt we could have fun with?

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    Stones of France (stone architecture in different places). Lavoirs. Bridges. Your favorite region. Lunch on your plate. People at work. Cafe or store fronts. Mairies. Towers. Markets.

    I think we'd run out of any of those categories fairly quickly, so why not just ask people to post their favorite photo(s) from France, of anything they like.

    It would serve the same dual purpose that this thread did--getting ideas for your next trip and showing what you loved from your last trip.

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    Posting photos of villages, bridges, and meals is already what I do on my blog every day.

    RIP, Name That Village Photohunt.

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    Ken, i love your photos of Noyers-sur-Serein.

    A fond aloha, Name That Village Photohunt.
    Aloha, Ann



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    Ann, I'm of course glad you're enjoying the photos of Noyers in Burgundy. I was really happy to discover such a beautiful village. I wish I could have spent more time in that area.

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