We spent some time wandering around the town this morning. There are many very old half timbered houses and some very grand villas.
Timbered houses in Bernay and one of the grand houses
It also has a large cathedral. There were also some excellent spring flower displays with raised circular beds and pretty underplantings of pansies under tulips. We have seen many magnolia trees in bloom which are delightful. Although the population of the town is only 11,500 people it feels significantly bigger and we thought it was a worth a visit. People were very friendly – cars stopped to let you cross the road etc
From here we were 2.5 hours to our cottage for the next 6 days so we took some back roads on our journey there. Plenty of trees being harvested for firewood and also fields being prepared for spring plantings.
Our abode is about 5 minutes out of the little town of Lonlay L’Abbaye http://www.lonlaylabbaye.com/abbey_gb.html and is very quiet and peaceful. We headed back to the town to check out the Abbey. A very grand church that is situated beside a little river. It was begun in the 11th century and suffered some damage in WWII (long since repaired).
The front and rear of the Abbey at Lonlay
Paula was allowed to drive to the abbey – Andrew still has much work to do to become a competent passenger!