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Beaugency
April 24, 2008
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Beaugency, with a population of around 7,500, has evolved from a commerce center, to a market center to a tourist town as the river was eclipsed by rail and then by road transport


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This traditional tobacco store and bar has been whimsically dressed up with a couple of wooden wild west wackos - go figure


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One of the entry gates through the Chateau Dunois


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The Tower Cesar, 11th century watch tower and donjon (dungeon) that looms large over the town


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All that remains of the Saint Firmin church is the clock tower. The rest of the structure was destroyed during the French revolution. Although there is no traditional clock, bells are rung three times each day


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Romanesque Notre Dame church dating from the 12th century


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Joan of Arc, liberator of the town in 1429


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Exclusive college in the old town


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10th century church St Etienne,, now deconsecrated and occasionally used for exhibitions


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Typical retail/residential street in the old town


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Hotel de Ville (Town Hall) built in 1526


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Caisse d'Epargne, branch of a mutual saving bank established in 1818


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12th century Tour de l'Horloge (clock tower), an entry gate to the town


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Houses on the Rue de Pont. The French obsession of airing their bedding each day is evidenced in the open window. As in England, insect screens on window openings are practically unheard of


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With a very wet spring, the river was running high and fast. Here is the alleged 11th, 12th and 13th century bridge which, like most other historical features, has been significantly updated over the years


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My own old ruin inevitably homed in on the local yarn store and finally had to be tempted away with the promise of a cheese sandwich
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