Tuesday 30 January 2024

T Stands For.....the Mans attraction!

 Hi everyone, here we are and it's almost February - we are well on our way to Spring now!

I feel that the title to this post should be - 'We Don't Get out Much' as last week only included a brisk walk around a park close by to where we were shopping, too cold to stop and take photos of the snowdrops we saw, the derelict pond and scruffy gardens - not much to see but we did get a walk. We kept a couple of appointments and I did go to visit my friends (see the previous post to see what we did)

I have a chance to show you my photos from our visit to Le Mans though. I looked forward to seeing Le Mans and I must say on a sunny day back in September it was every bit as good as I expected it to be.

Our first call was to go for lunch and I am joining Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T Stands For Tuesday (all you need is a drink related item in your post to join the rest of the T gang)

We had water to drink and I attempted a shot of the glasses with the jug with the Mairie behind.
The lunch time Formule menu was quite varied for the price - some we look at only have a choice of 2 or 3
The top of the menu states that this menu is only served Monday to Friday lunchtimes except on public holidays. It is mainly for workers. If you know me you will know which dessert I went for!

Hubby chose a Chocolate Liégoise and I of course chose the Café Liégoise. You can also see that as well as water I had a tonic water with lemon.

It was then time to go and explore.

We went over the bridge to reach the cathedral

There was a plan of the cathedral which indicated important areas
The main thing I wanted to see was one of the oldest stained glass windows in Europe and one that I knew Henry and Eleanor would had seen themselves

As we left a guide was saying goodbye to a group he had been showing round the Cathedral - I commented that we had enjoyed our visit and that I was happy to see the window that HenryII and Eleanor  would have seen and he then started to tell us lots of other things about the Cathedral - a kind of English/French conversation that we have become used to, being helped out with unfamiliar words on both sides! He also told us things to look out for in the Cité Plantagenet.

Hubby took this photo of me with what he calls my Cheshire Cat grin after the man had gone back into the Cathedral

We set off down the cobbled streets.

The same street but two different signs, named after Richard 1's wife who lived in Le Mans until her death

Following the guide's directions we found what is left of the old palace - now council buildings

Sadly not a lot of the original building remains.
We walked back to the bus stop passing Le Mans railway station on the way.
The front has lots of photos of the Le Mans 24 hour race.

I would be happy to revisit Le Mans one day.

Thanks for looking, Chris 


Divers and Sundry said...

You get out a lot more than I do lol, and I enjoyed this virtual outing :) How delightful! Happy T Tuesday

Valerie-Jael said...

You had another great trip, lovely photos and very interesting old buildingd, I would like to stroll around and look at everything. The old houses look great, too. Thanks for sharing this very historic place. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

Mae Travels said...

Two of my favorite dishes: salade aux gésiers and salade de chêvre chaud et lardons fumés — I would have a very hard time making up my mind about that menu! Once or twice I have even managed to recreate those salads here at home even in the US, though it’s challenging to get authentic ingredients.

The desserts also look fantastic. Besides the food, your photos make the city look gorgeous and fascinating. Thanks for this respite from terrible winter (it’s snowing heavily here: again!)

best, mae at

DVArtist said...

Wow! These are incredible photos. I so enjoyed your post. Have a lovely day today.

Carola Bartz said...

Gothic cathedrals are always very impressive. Such a beautiful window, the colors are so vibrant. I really like your shot with the two water glasses, it's great!

Rita said...

Castles and cathedrals are both awe inspiring.
That cathedral was stunning! :)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

My sincere apologies for being so late for T this week. I scheduled two medical appointments I thought were for Wednesday, but turned out they were for Tuesday. Sadly, I either waited or sat with medical people all day long.

Your glasses of water were genuinely artistic. I LOVED that shot!!!

Such lovely gothic buildings and gorgeous buildings. I really loved the flowers, too. Thanks for taking us to Le Mans and sharing your food and lovely drinks for T this Tuesday, too, dear Chris.

Empire of the Cat said...

Beautiful place! We haven't been out much lately either due to the horrible stormy weather. Happy T Day! Elle xx

CJ Kennedy said...

I second what Divers said. You get out a lot more than I do and I always enjoy your virtual tours. The stained glass windows were magnificent. Happy T Day

sirkkis said...

Hello Chris,
Thanks for informing of your comments. I checked and the last one is published in my 'Nordic light' page, and it is which where you informed of the problem. In my comment info no spam is informed to come from you. Strange, isn't it !! And I'm sorry!!

Your art page is really beautiful, and the picture from your trips super!
Have a happy evening xx