It was a brisk winter’s day with the sun shining when we came to visit this lovely quaint village which years ago was once a seaside village. Now, due to tidal changes, it finds itself 10 miles inland.
We fell in love even without the sea view; it was an enjoyable experience with its colourful houses and cobbled stone roads. The magnificent Abbey [above photo] is also a place to spend some time taking in its captivating architecture, when the temperature is below zero it can be quite hard to linger too long outside or inside for that matter. We will just have to come back and see more of the Abbey, and, to visit the museum which is closed until early February.
Montreuil is usually a “Ville Fleurie” which means it has flower-filled window boxes adorning its houses and vines in flower cascading over the walls. Since the season is winter, it’s not an excellent time to fill flower boxes. What we did see was windows with distinctive curtains which made up for the lack of window boxes.
It is a village of two squares, one planted out in trees that make an impressive structural presence during winter, in the other seasons we would imagine it to be a colourful leaf display. Within the square is a WW1 memorial with the angel of death cradling a dying soldier, which makes it even more poignant sight.
Other sights I captured can be seen in the above photographs.
We can now understand now why Victor Hugo was inspired to include this village in his book/play/film Les Miserables. What’s not to like about a small village who just so happens to have a Chocolate Shop on a street corner?