Today we visit the church of Saint Martin in Aubigny-sur-Nere.The town has a very strong Scottish connection and the Stuarts have left their mark on many buildings in the town including its fine church. Today you see a predominately 16th century building in a Gothic style but retaining touches of an earlier Romanesque church. It has survived wars and fires over the years and is testament to the commitment of the local people to maintain their place of worship.
The church has a glorious nave of cathedral proportions (17m high) which leads you to its fine altarpiece within the apse above which the 16th century stained glass windows depict scenes from the life of St. Martin
but also include the shields of Stuarts, lords d'Aubigny.
The impressive vaulted ceiling of the nave lords over one of two organs within the church...
When we were out on Friday night to listen to Les Fortune Tellers the discussion came around to what type of music the daughter of Caroline, a big Rolling Stones fan was into - not so much the RS but understandably more of her own generation. One of the bands she does like is 'The Red Hot Chilli Peppers' which reminded me of the conversation Pauline and I had on her return from her last visit to Scotland.
She said that she was surprised to read on a poster that they, 'The Red Hot Chilli Peppers' were coming to play in Ayr town hall in December. Not wishing to disbelieve her I asked her if she was sure as I doubted why an international band of their calibre should play such a small provincial town. I decided to check it out for myself.
She had got it wrong - it was actually 'The Red Hot Chilli Pipers', great but not quite the same!
When we visited the 'International Garden Festival' at Chaumont-sur-Loire back in August we decided to take in the chateau visit as well as it had been a long time since our last visit. We decided that the additional € 4.00 would be worth it.,(€ 14.00 to visit garden festival € 18.00 to include chateau).The interior of the chateau is a poor second to its fairytale exterior but then there is the 'art' ( a collection of contemporary instalations ) and the view from the courtyard over the river Loire.Which leads us (eventually) to the chapel inside the chateau which has become part of the 'art' .
It has taken on a fairytale-esque quality but in a rather cluttered fashion which will, I'm sure, be interpreted in different ways by the many visitors who pear into it.I tried to find out more as to who's idea it was and what it might represent...without success.
Is it worth the the additional charge, if it's your first visit to 'Domaine
de Chaumont-sur-Loire' then yes it is and you can form your own opinion with regards to the 'art' content.