La Vieille France

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I’ve never felt so young.  One of the most striking things for me about being in France is realizing how old things are here.  Here’s the Abbaye de Fontenay, founded in 1118.

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This room was already over 600 years old at the time of the French Revolution.

I stayed last week in a former convent in Semur-en-Auxois, a building I thought of as very old as well as beautiful

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which is just one of the eight convents and monasteries the town held at the time of the French Revolution.   It’s almost unimagineable to me, but when these stones and arches were laid

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 this section of the old monastery at Flavigny was already ancient.  This room was built in the 8th century, in about 756, if I’m recalling correctly.

Are you feeling younger yet?

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