My parents came to Poitiers this past week as a stop between a work trip to Poland and a work trip to Spain. They have been to France many times, but Poitiers only once, when we mostly spent our time in La Rochelle and Saint Emilion.
This time we got around a lot more in the immediate area of Poitiers, whose département is la Vienne.
We picked them up at the station on Saturday morning, and after dropping bags off at the house, we headed to Montmorillon to eat at the Roman des Saveurs.
Montmorillon is known for the Cité de l’Écrit, with lots of little shops related to the art of books (calligraphy, old books, paper, etc.). Unfortunately I don’t remember the name of this little calligraphy shop we wandered into.
Then we headed to the Abbey at Saint Savin, a UNESCO world heritage site known for its ceiling frescos.
Then we went to Angles-sur-Anglin, a very beautiful little village with an abandoned castle ruin. I wanted to live there. Julien says it’s too small.
I had a sound check for a concert that night, so after that we went and ate dinner in Chauvigny, at a not very good crêperie, before going back to my concert. Next time we’ll have to eat somewhere else. Our croques monsieur were all soggy.
Sunday we ate dinner with Julien’s family, walked around the suburb where he grew up, and played games.
The rest of the week we managed to still fit in some interesting things, in spite of my spotty work schedule.
We also managed to eat three delicious French meals out, at the Roman des Saveurs, our favorite the Cafe Pop in Poitiers, and the Ricordeau in Loudun. Thanks to my mom for all the pictures. Now they are off to Spain, by the night train Elipsos, to set up to spend spring semester 2014 in Alcala de Henares as part of my mom’s university’s exchange program.