Wednesday, January 17, 2018
17/01/2018 More photos from our return drive from the UK 29 December.
Today's maximum 9C, minimum 5C. 14 mm rain measured. Total rain this month so far 116 mm; it just keeps raining!! Wind speed 20 km/h with 43 km/h gusts NW wind.
With the continuing wet weather and still not feeling 100%, I am sorry not to have picked up my camera this year, other than for one single sunset. I will be taking time out at this rate, until spring decides to arrive. These are all past photos as stated above.
After our walk around Arras (see previous post), we headed for our next destination of Auxerre. When we planned this return trip home, we had not taken into account that we would both not be feeling well, and that the weather would be so wet! We had expected cold, but not damp as well.
I was surprised how many wind turbines there were to be seen in this area; as most of you know, they are my pet hate!
We went through some pretty horrible weather!
I saw this church in the distance while driving by Villeneuve-au-Chemin. I was interested, when I looked it up, to discover that placed on the top of the spire is a 7 metre high statue of the Virgin, which you can just see in this photo. The church is named Saint Joseph Chapel of the Angels and was built in 1864-1891 by Father Carbot; he was Abbot of the town at the time. It used to be a stop over for pilgrims.
We arrived too early to book into our hotel, so took a short walk around Auxerre. Some of the beautiful old houses of the town...
As above. There were few people around, due to the weather!
We were the surprised to find this small square of old houses, complete with a British red telephone box ....
All was explained in this sign! Auxerre is twinned with Redditch, a town in Worcestershire in the UK. Presumably the phone box was a gift.
More old houses close to the abbey.
The Abbey of Saint Germain which was founded by Queen Clotilde in the 5th century. It was closed while we were there, but they do have guided tours.
The bell tower in the front of the abbey. In 1811, the Romanesque bays that connected the bell tower to the choir were destroyed, so the spire is now isolated.
The old military hospital.
A few more photos were taken the next morning as we were leaving which will follow in another post.