It is the home of a wonderful sparkling wine , “Blanquette”, first made by the Saint Hilaire Abbey monks in 1531, claiming to be France’s first sparkling wine.
It is also the home of a very long drawn out weird and wonderful winter Carnaval which I posted about earlier in the year, and every time we have visited, some strange and startling events have been taking place.
A visit in June ended with us joining these 2 fabulous women in a dance on the corner of the main square.
While we danced, these characters posed, danced and threatened to whip customers in one of the cafes around the square.
Our last visit, just a few days ago, included a visit to the puppet museum, the Musée des Automates.
I was spellbound.
There is little information at the museum about the puppets. The man selling tickets showed us a 2 page extract from an old book that described how Martine and Jean Jacques had started making these fantastic creations about 30 years ago. Some are modelled on recognisable characters...one was supposed to be Leonardo da Vinci, others are from fairy stories, but all are mystical and decidedly surreal. They looked like characters from a Venetian carnival, with a dash of Tim Burton and possibly some Stanley Kubrick.