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Verneuil sur Avre
April 22, 2008
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We parked outside of the center and walked back in - easy to do in a 6,000 population town. Verneiul is a pleasant minor market town making the best of the old and the new


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Even so, the CTTP (Clinging to the Past) behavior was clearly at work here too. This is a view of the Saint Jean's Church which was bombed in 1944


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Most of the church is gone but the ruin has continued to occupy the apex of a busy and cluttered road junction for the last 64 years


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Apart from the main thoroughfare through town, the majority of city streets are either on the small side or closed to traffic. Delivery trucks cause backups on a continual basis


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"Place de Verdun" is a retail and commercial area about 1/4 mile from the main square


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A view of the Church of Notre Dame from the Verdun square. This was the first church built in Verneiul, started in 1120


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The main square, "Place de la Madeleine", is filled with parked cars and leaves one wondering where everyone parks on market day. Renovations and rebuilds have been skilfully done to blend inconspicuously with the genuine article


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Half-timbered buildings abound in the square


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Filling the southeast end of the quare is the Church of the Madeleine with its overpowering 185 foot high clock tower that is visible for miles around. The church construction began in the 12th century although the tower was not started until the fifteenth century and, after many interruptions, was not completed until 1525.


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The nave of the Madeleine church


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The relatively humble entry doors


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A realtors office (Immobliere) behind the church


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A street leading away from the rear of the Madeleine church


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A bar-restaurant at the other end of the main square. Although it was lunch time, the weather pretty much kept the sidewalk seating vacant


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Rue de Trois Maillets, one of the pedestian streets, in festive mood


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Close to where we parked there was a canal behind an embankment. Shown here are three of the residences backing onto the canal


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A five exit roundabout on the way out of town had been nicely landscaped


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My chief porter, SWMBO, hauling our lunchtime baguette around. If I get too many more toys, I will have to start looking for bigger help
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