Thursday, October 10, 2013

Sainte Enimie— Another Superb Surprise

Three days ago, my intrepid workshop participants and I headed out of the house with our special guide, Martin, to the Gorges du Tarn. I was driving, so I was careful not to always look at the magnificent scenery since the drop off over the cliff (without a guard rail) was extraordinary. Also extraordinary, was the town we visited during our day out.

Sainte Enimie has been voted one of the most beautiful villages in France, and I could see why. The medieval village developed around a Benedictine monastery founded in 951. Now, 250 people live in the village of Sainte-Enimie year round. We walked on the cobbled streets, had a delicious lunch and explored a bit more. All in all, it was a lovely day. 

I have included a photograph of some of the ancient buildings in the town, and also a photograph of the doors of a home that has three acanthus leaf thistles adorning the building. The acanthus leaf thistle is a protected species, and is thought to act as a barometer and to ward off evil spirits. I had thought that the flowers on the buildings were sunflowers, but found that I was wrong and was very interested in what was really placed on the walls and why. I hope that you can get a tiny feel of how amazing this little village was for us to experience.