Sunday, 15 January 2012

Rambling around the villages 2012

Today we did our first "Ramble round the villages" of 2012, the village in question being Ligré.

Ligré lies approximately 7km south east of Chinon and 20km north of Braye. The surrounding landscape is undulating and the village nestles in the hollow. A natural 'amphitheatre' outside the Mairie makes for a sheltered, well-tended garden area.


Of more interest to us, however, was the Dolmen, or megalithic monument, located on the hill top approximately 300m north north west of the village.


Designated a 'Monument Historique' in 1887,  it is said to be one of the most striking of the Dolmen de la Touraine. At 7m long and 3.5m wide it dominates the landscape. The interplay of light and shadow on the stones is shown to full advantage by the following monochrome images.

 
 
 

Whoever built this Dolmen certainly knew the importance of location, location, location....

5 comments:

GaynorB said...

Looks to be an interesting spot.
Was this an organised ramble or a DIY one?

Colin and Elizabeth said...

Gaynor, this was a DIY Sunday afternoon ramble.

Towards the end of last year we decided to visit some of the neighbouring villages every week. Otherwise we ran the risk of getting absorbed in gardening or other types of DIY and not seeing much of the 'outside world', which is a great pity when you live in such a beautiful country.

Watch this space for more 'rambling round the villages'!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

This is interesting, I wonder who did build it. There are so many places to see and visiting one a week is a good idea. Diane

Karen Xavier said...

Gosh, the place looks pretty... love the first picture with the steeple in the background, is that a church? Interesting structure, the dolmen...

SP said...

That's a brilliant plan...I'm going to adopt it too.

It's all too easy to become engrossed in one's own little world.

SP