This morning we woke up to beautiful sunshine. We had breakfast on our little terrace and it was magical. We had coffee, French bread, cheese and orange juice. What is not to like.
In the morning we got our electronics set up – you know wifi passwords on ipads that sort of stuff and an easy start of the first day here. We drove into town and bought a nice baguette for lunch and got some information from the tourist information point. From there we coded our destination in our satnav and off we went.It was only about 10 km from the village so an easy start of the holiday.
You know GPS is a wonderful invention. These days you do not need much information on where you are going. Just the GPS codes and often the satnav has pre-coded several places of interest. I continue to marvel at this technical thing and its accuracy. But is it always accurate?
Our destination were the Ruins of a 12th century Abbey (Abbaye de Hamby). As SO navigated us through the Norman landscape I saw all of a sudden this large looming church like building on my right and said that must be the Abbey. Soon we got to a small lane turning right which had a sign saying to the Abbey, however our satnav was adamant that we should go further. Confused we did what the machine told us. Maybe there was another entrance which was better. You never know. So on we went for another kilometer or so to be told to turn left. Except there was no parking place the, nor a road.IN fact just wire in front of a meadow, with no life what so ever. Except of course those two birds of prey hovering above the field. Like us trying to see if there was any interesting sign of life. As they flew away, we too decided that it was not the place for us. We were amazed at the satnav inaccuracy but as we’d seen the Abbey we turned around and followed the old fashioned signposting with the satnav begging us to turn around again and follow its error ways.
At the abbey we found that the ruins were closed for another 20 minutes, which gave us sufficient time to eat our baguettes and enjoy the surrounds. Once in, we found an amazing place, Te monastery buildings are private property and have been restored with great care. The church is municipal owned or something and is in a less beautiful state, but one can still see how wonderful it once was. Grand I should say, very grand.
We spent about an hour or two there and then drove back into town and investigated it a bit further SO made dinner with courgette and pasta. It was very nice indeed. We also found that the TV in the cottage only has French channels so it is just as well that it has wifi. We will cope.