Thursday, December 08, 2005

l’Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud

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The 904 year-old Abbey Royale de Fontevraud is where Eleanor of Aquitaine and some of her contemporaries are buried. The surrounding village is beautifully quiet, and the huge abbey grounds with their white-walled cloisters are a tonic for the soul. The abbey has been used for a large number of choral and instrumental CDs*, and must have been a major recording studio during its heyday in the middle-ages.

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* Sorry, Mr 'uxley: no Original Cloisters Performance of Nunsense. The Abbey was a prison for all of the 19th and most of the 20th centuries, so I could imagine an inmate's performance of (no, not Prisoners of Love!) Madame Butterfly... Ah Pauvre Papillon! But enough of such nonsense, I'm trying to type in a freezing carpark in Beauvoir (near Mont St Michel) where I can get wireless internet access and my hairy hand is frozen.

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