And here we go for the third part of our trip to Normandy! It was Sunday morning and the weather was finally sunnier and warmier. After a great breakfast at our hotel, we took the road to a special place called “Jumièges”. In this village, you find the ruins of a very ancient Abbey that were initially built during the 7th century! I told you it was an ancient one. They are even called the most beautiful Ruins in France. Follow me to judge it by yourself…
We arrived and let our car on the central place. Here are some pics of the village and of the beautiful Mairie (City Hall).
We entered the doors and began our visit with a very interesting guided tour. I highly recommend it to learn a lot of historical facts and anecdotes about the building. We learned for example that the Abbey became a ruin during the French Revolution. It was then used for several years as a stone quarry. Can you believe that such a magnificent building was destroyed like that? Happily it quickly stopped and the remains of the buildings were preserved until today.
Today the walls are white and “naked” but some remaining painting can let us imagine the magnificence of the decors of these ancient churchs, completed painted in vivid colours and decorated with sculptures and tapestry.
The gardens weren’t bad neither and we took a stroll in it after the visit.
After the visit, it was almost noon and we had the idea to go to the small town of Caudebec, just a few miles away from Jumièges. Our guide had told us that we would find there an incredible gothic church that really deserved a visit. Caudebec is located by the River Seine, which is a beautiful area where you can also find the very famous Monet’s garden. So here we go for Caudebec where we ate a little picnic along the Seine before the visit of the church. I let you discover these few photos and see you soon for the last step of our trip : Vandrimare Castle Garden!