NEUVY-SAINT–SÉPULCHRE – CLUIS
Along the Via Lemovicensis, there are many Romanesque churches. I love the simplicity of the architecture, the massive thickness of the stonewalls, the spacious feeling inside and expressive figurative reliefs on the capitals. Whenever a church like that was open, I visited it. When I entered the church Collégiale Saint Jacques, I was blown away by its beauty, simplicity and graciousness. This church- a replica of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem- is dedicated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
This day, I only hiked 7 miles to the next town, Cluis. On my way, I met the typical donkey of this area, the Grande Noir du Berry.
Cluis is a charming little town with a 17th century market hall, ruins of a former castle and a viaduct built for the train, which ran until 1952. Unfortunately, no trains or busses are going anymore between towns in the French countryside. Everything is directed to and from Paris.
In Cluis, I stayed in a refuge with four other pilgrims I had met before. It was great to see them again.