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Poitiers, France--saints, warriors, and ruffians

A June 1998 trip to Poitiers by marciadarnell

Quote: Poitiers has many historic churches and other buildings, and, being off the usual tourist path, very reasonable prices for nearby chateau "chambre d'hotes" (bed and breakfasts).

Poitiers, France--saints, warriors, and ruffians

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Overview

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To see: Notre Dame le Grand, St. Radegonde, St. Pierre, and the oldest Christian structure in France, the Baptistry St. Jean. Also the Palais de Justice and the Hotel de Ville.

Quick Tips:

There are several chateaux within a short drive which offer bed and breakfast accomodations at a minimal price. For those who speak French, an Epcot-like attraction called Furoroscope is in the Northern suburbs. It features cinema.

Best Way To Get Around:

Poitiers is on a hill--or several hills. With a car, park near Place Charles de Gaulle, then proceed downhill to the other sites. Take a bus or taxi back to the top.
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This is a medieval castle complete with a moat. B&B rooms are located in the keep and other areas. A suite for three people is 400F, and a single is 270F. Dinner(which must be ordered in advance)is 90F per person. A group of four of us had dinner, hotel and breakfast for 280F each. The history of the castle is romantic. A Scotsman, come to fight in one of the numerous wars, met a beautiful Frenchwoman. He married her and built the castle. It warrants an Internet visit if you cannot go in person! It is necessary to make a deposit, and the usual stay is two days or longer.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 10, 2001

Chateau de Cherveux

Poitiers, France

Hotel de l

Hotel

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This is an older hotel which has been modified to provide private bathrooms. There is enclosed parking in the courtyard. It is in the downtown area, great for reaching restaurants and sites on foot. While it is not fancy, it is good value for the price.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 10, 2001

Hotel de l
39 Rue Carnot
Poitiers, France
(49) 881-200

Premiere Classe

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Hotel

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This hotel chain is, in my opion, the low price leader in France. The rooms have a double or twin beds, some with a bunk bed over the head of the other beds. There is a one piece premolded bathroom, rather like our tub and shower units, which has toilet, shower, and wash basin. The TV and a small table complete the room. This tiny room costs very little, $25 to $30. According to the season and the exchange rate. And that is for three people! For an additional $3.+ you can buy a buffet breakfast with juice, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, bread, toast, and preserves. And just a cup of coffee can cost that much(with no refills). Clean, very small, but I love the price!

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Premiere Classe
Chauseniel de Poitiers
Poitiers, France

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The charming small town of Vouille, where Clovis defeated the Franks, is where this hotel is located. In two sections: the one having the restaurant and bar, the other some very nice, pretty, and well kept up bedrooms. Similiar to a Hampton Inn in the USA. This hotel is a member of the Logis de France group. It also has an excellent buffet breakfast, and the restaurant has won awards for local cuisine. It is about five miles from Poitiers, and is the town is very interesteing to explore. The local supermarche has inexpensive gasoline.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 10, 2001

Auberge du Cheval Blanc et le Clovis
3 Rue de la Barre
Poitiers, France
(49) 518-146

Maxims

Restaurant

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This is Poitiers' old standard; excellent food, two or three hour meal, come to relax, not to hurry. Steak poivre(coated in pepper), pork loin, chicken. Daily specials. Lots of fish and also mussels or shrimp. Really good, if you like French food. Come at eight in the evening and you won't need a reservation because the crowd arrives later that that.

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Maxims
Grand Place
Poitiers, France

Bapistry St. Jean

Attraction

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This is the oldest Christian edifice in France. It was built in the fifth century to baptize Clovis' troops. At that time, adult baptism in the Catholic Church was by immersion, and so there is a pool with steps down to it. There are also some murals, but the main interest is the building itself. some archeology done in the church found that the average size of a man in the fifth century was less than five feet. My, how we have grown.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 10, 2001

Bapistry St. Jean
Avenue Jean Jarres, near the Musee St. Croix
Poitiers, France

Palais de Justice

Attraction

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This building used to be the court of Eleanor of Aquitaine. Queen of first, the French king, and later, Henry Plantagenet(following some hanky-panky on a Crusade). When you see the large salle, you can just imagine the women in their flowing robes being entertained by the troubadours with their bawdy songs. Later, Joan of Arc visited here. Not always open to the public, check at the Tourist office at (email)accueil-tourism@interpc.fr

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 10, 2001

Palais de Justice
Place Charles de Gaulle
Poitiers, France

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When I lived in Poitiers in the 1950's, this was an old gray church, crusted with the smoke of centuries. Built in the 11th and 12th centuries, it is in the Potivian Romanesque style. It has spires that resemble pointy pinecones. When I saw it again a few years ago, it had been cleaned by a new process which removed the grime but left the wonderful stonework intact. It is a lovely, warm sandstone color, and the statuary is marvelous. Smaller and lower that the gothic cathedrals, is is nontheless quite beautiful.

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Notre Dame la Grande
Place Charles de Gaulle
Poitiers, France

Chruch of Saint Radegonde

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Attraction

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The unhappy fifth wife of Clotilde, son of Clovis, the German Radegonde, was kidnapped from her homeland as a child and educated by Clothilde, who loved her at first sight. After some unhappy years and several attempts to flee, Radegonde finally secured a separation from her husband and lived out her saintly life in a convent she founded near the present day church. No, the other four wives had not died--Clotilde had them all at once. He was problably the worst of Poitiers' ruffians. He even killed his brother's little children so in order to gain their part of the kingdom his father had divided among his sons. Radegonde is buried in a casket in the crypt. Be careful not to linger too long look...Read More

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Chruch of Saint Radegonde
near the River and Anatole France Blv.
Poitiers, France

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Story/Tip

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If you cross the bridge Pont Neuf on Jean Jarres Ave. coming from the downtown area, and turn left at the first opportunity, you will ascend a steep hill to the casern. Keep going left at the y, and park in from the the casern(as it is a military base, one cannot enter). Now you will have a view of all Poitiers. For the truly fit, there are stairs down to the river. As a child I used to use these steps to go to my piano lessons, but even though I am curious to know how many there are, I am not planning to use them again. If you do, please count them for me.

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