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Tip 1 for the summer is Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud (60 km from our house).


Abbey of Our Lady of Fontevraud (established 1101)
Photograph by Pierre Mairé, PixAile.com CC BY 2.5

Final resting place of legendary queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine (c.1122-1204), her sons, Richard the Lionheart (Richard Cœur de Lion) (1157-1199), and the heart of John Lackland (c. 1167-1216) (his body rests in Worcester Cathedral), plus much more of the family, the Plantagenets.


Effigy of Eleanor of Acquitaine
Photograph by ActuaLittéCC BY-SA 2.0


Effigy of Richard I, King of England (the Lionheart)
Photograph by g0ng00zlr – CC BY-SA 2.0

The abbey was founded by Robert d’Arbrissel in 1101. He was quite a character, and the monastery housed both nuns and monks. You can read more about him on Historical Ragbag’s blog.

Another Fontevraud page with lots of interesting information can be found at Paradox Place France.

So, why not visit this wonderful part of France this summer? (Or later?)