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Saint Germer de Fly
April 21, 2008
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Tiny town in France
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A short way out of town, along a quiet lane, is the cemetery. Curious to see such a compact walled and railed cemetery in such a rural location


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The graveyard is densely packed with a wide variety of markers


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The village center comprises a large square containing a war memorial and facing the town hall and church on one side


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The other sides of the square are surrounded by mixed retail and residential building including the ever present baguette bakery, the butcher and the Office de Tourisme


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The Mairie - town hall and Mayors office - is an old gate house


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This huge church for this tiny village dates from the 12th century and was built to serve the Cistercian abbey founded at that time. Over the following centuries the abbey changed order and was damaged during the 100 years war


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The smaller building at the right is the Saint Chapelle and was added in the 13th century. During the French Revolution the abbey, along with most others in France, was destroyed and the church was turned over to the village


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The church building is prized as one of the earliest examples of Gothic architecture in France


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Other ancient building remnants around town


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These old cottages are across the street from the church


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Of course, no tourist attraction would be complete without a restaurant and inn associated with the attraction, in this case the long missing abbey


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This little car was driven by a matronly lady and ran like a small lawnmower


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100 yards out of town the countryside takes over


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Later in the day, this comely chateau was seen across the fields
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