LA FOLIE – CHÂTEAUMEILLANT

 

“Just walk the first street left and then 3 times right,” said Md. Jacquet at the breakfast table at La Folie. It is easy to connect with the Way to Santiago. I left earlier than Daniel and Chantelle, the French couple who also stayed at the bed and breakfast place. After 10 minutes, I was already lost. The country road was leading to a dead end. Luckily, I met Daniel and Chantelle again and walked with them. They had a map. We needed two hours to come back to the marked way with many crossroads in between.

 

 

Daniel and Chantelle showing the way

Daniel and Chantelle showing the way

 

 

Hundreds of geese on a geese farm. Long before, the smell was announcing them.

Hundreds of geese on a geese farm. Long before, the smell was announcing them.

 

When we arrived in the town of Châtelet, we bought fresh baguettes and delicious tartelette fruit in a boulangerie. I also visited the Romanesque church. The relief of a man grasping his beard was intriguing.

 

 

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Relief in the 12th century Romanesque church Notre-Dame–de-Puyferrand

Relief in the 12th century Romanesque church Notre-Dame–de-Puyferrand

 

The eight-mile walk to the next town seemed like a long hike on the hot asphalt roads. On the way, I passed some charming villages, like Les Arches, the village of potters.

 

 

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House in Les Arches

House in Les Arches

 

 

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Rest at a former well on the way to Châteaumeillawith my backpack, hiking sticks and the French guide book.

Rest at a former well on the way to Châteaumeillant with my backpack, hiking sticks and the French guide book.

 

In Châteaumeillant, I stayed at a refuge run by the city at a camping place near the lake Merlin. In a huge modern house, only one other pilgrim stayed overnight there.

 

 

Église Saint-Gènes, 12th century

Église Saint-Gènes, 12th century

 

 

Lake Merlin

Lake Merlin