Parthenay on the River Thouet

Parthenay is a small fortified town on the River Thouet in Aquitaine. Many of the City walls have been demolished but portions of a ruined fortress still hang over the village below.

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This fine Gothic chapel sits inside the old Citadel.
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Little has changed here since the 1400’s.
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The country pate provided a wonderful lunch at a small local place.

 

 

Quintessential stone guard house pictures. How boring it must have been standing here for 10-12 hours a day.

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Made it!
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The bowman’s viewpoint.

 

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Keeping a watch for the English.

 

 

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A clear shot.

 

 

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The Porte St. Jacques and the pont St. Jacques, the main gate and the bridge through the town wall are on the via Compostella.

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