Once we had finished breakfast at the Logis we packed the car where it had been parked overnight and set off down the street to the old town.
|Beaumont sur Sarthe|
|The new bridge and castle|
A new bridge carries current traffic across the Sarthe and it is hard to imagine how they managed before it was built.
Once we had bought something for a picnic lunch we set off for the first Plus Beaux Village de France of this trip; Sainte Suzanne.
|St Rémy sur Sillé|
Once again TomTom did a good job and we arrived untroubled about 11am. It was a short walk from the parking into the village and plus beaux it is too. Photos to follow!
It was still hot, hovering around 30C, and by the time we arrived at Fleuré to the south of Argentan I had the beginnings of a headache.
I pulled over by a hedge and a couple of tricolours and found that this was the Leclerc Monument about 9kms south of Argentan itself.
This is the spot where Patton and Leclerc's armoured divisions engaged the German panzer divisions in August 1944. How fitting that we are here 68 years almost to the day later.
From Fleuré we decided to go to the hotel at the Domaine de la Tour just to the north of Falaise.
TomTom decided that it would take us in what can be described as the back way. The road was a path with a chain across. In the end after retracing our steps several times we decided to go a little further up the D6 and were rewarded with the right way in!
The Domaine is a B&B in what looks like may have been the stables etc of the nearby chateau. They are separate entities now and the owners have restored the buildings.
|Domaine de la Tour|
We have a large room with armchairs and huge bathroom. It's a little noisy ad they floors ate wood and the people upstairs appear to be wearing army boots!
Tomorrow, we have two places to visit before we arrive in Rouen for our lady night of the trip.
The first is the museum and monument at Montormel. This is where the Polish and other allied armies finally closed the Falaise pocket and destroyed the German panzer army.