Saturday, 25 August 2012

This may be the most beautiful village in France - or at the very least it's right up there!

View from front of church in St-Ceneri-le-Gerei

This is an unbelievably picturesque little village.  St-Ceneri-le-Gerei is found in the Orne department of Normandy to the south-west of Alencon. It is in a lovely wooded setting on a bend in the River Sarthe in the heart of southern Normandy, and officially classified as a 'most beautiful village of France'.


Looking up from river level at the church in St-Ceneri-le-Gerei

Its houses are nestled around the 11th Century Romanesque church. It has some beautifully restored ancient frescos.  Down by the river there is even a little spring which is said to heal eye disease - but I wouldn't know about that!


Houses on the village square in St-Ceneri-le-Gerei

11 comments:

  1. :( I wanna go! It's so lovely and serene.

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  2. Gorgeous! I shall add it to my list of "Someday Must See".

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  3. Carole,
    Hi! Very lovely...
    Hope your'e having a nice week end.

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  4. I could live there, it looks so peaceful and picture perfect.

    The view of the church from the river looks like it should be on a hallmark card.

    Wish I could get ivy to grow up the side of our building like the one in your photo.

    I'm pleased to now be following your blog, if you have some time I hope you will visit my blog.

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    1. Michelle, thank you so much for following Carole's Chatter. I did pop by your site but couldn't find where to comment. Love your pics on your latest post. Have a great week.

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  5. How lovely. Thank you for sharing
    Celia

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  6. There are many beautiful villages in France and I have been lucky enough to see lots of them - but this one is new to me and it looks as though it has earned its title. Gorgeous. Axxx

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  7. BEAUTIFUL....Europe is always so quaint.

    Just stopping by to look around.

    Stop by my blog if you like....I have a giveaway for a murder mystery.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    http://silversolara.blogpsot.com

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  8. Isn't this village a treasure? We enjoyed your photos, thank you. We only found St Ceneri le Gerai because of a very old postcard of the chapel, but are very glad we did.
    The postcard and more here http://www.normandythenandnow.com/the-many-legends-of-saint-ceneri-le-gerei

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