Saint Leonard do Noblat
What still amazes me in France is the sheer amount of History and our nearest town of Saint leonard de Noblat is no exception. Set on a hill above the river Vienne, the town is centered around its church which is set on the Chemin de Compostella, the route the pilgrims took from Many parts of France to the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostella. You often see walkers and pilgrims heading through the town with the trademark scallop shell showing they are on the route to Santiago.
Caroline walked the route from Saint jean to Santiago in 2016 and 2017. Here she is at the end after 6 weeks walking with her walking buddies.
The town of Saint Leonard do Noblat is full of cobbled streets and boutique shops and generally a great place to spend a morning wandering the avenues and peering up at the buildings. There are cafes to while away an hour people watching. We visited the very friendly tourist information and were amazed at the amount of history in such a small town.
Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac
The chemist and physicist Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac was born here. I have seen many streets and buildings named after him but never really understood who he was. Ready for some history ? he was the person who found that water had two elements, two parts Hydrogen and one part oxygen. He was also the founder of the Gay-Lussac measure which is still used today to measure the alcohol content in alcoholic drinks…amazing and just down the road.
There are plenty of other things to do around the town. There is a paper mill which is well worth a visit and offers guided tours and a cute little gift shop. There is the Museum of Gay-Lussac to visit if you fancy learning the history. You will find places to have lunch or you take a picnic down to the river, have a dip and relax ( our gite includes a picnic basket) If you choose the weekly market day then you can shop for some local salads and meats to bring back and cook al-fresco in the garden. All in all a great day out and well worth a visit.
Some of the Many quaint shops
Saint Leonard de Noblat holds weekly markets and may fetes and galas throughout summer
The Gite here are Saint Moreil is now almost fully booked for Summer and starting to get requests for the Autumn. Watch this space for 2019 when it all starts with our horses and off road.