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Treignac the Ancient Village

August 31, 2016

One day in the week, we decided to go and visit the charming village of Treignac.  It is a village 

on the Vezzere river

DSC_0212Treignac is a village situated in the department of Correze of Limousin province.  It is a small countryside village in the Arrondissement of Tulle.   It sits on the “Vezzere River flowing its medieval characters.”

DSC_0284This little village is chronicled as one of the most beautiful village of France.  As we strolled through its narrow cobbled streets we walked past beautiful old houses with shutters.
DSC_0289 And believe me, most of the houses were closed.  I hadn’t learned yet why they were all shut down and lonely.  It was just a matter of minutes, I was going to find out why these homes remains closed.

DSC_0241During my tour I discovered that many doorways had carvings of shells.  I wouldn’t keep wandering with my big mouth shut.  I asked questions about the signs of the carving shells.   Many years ago pilgrims passed through the village on their way to Santiago de Compostela.  They left carving shells at homes or hotels that accommodated them.  These  carving shells were signs that they stayed the nights of their pilgrimage.  (Therefore On top of the ornate doorway of the “Maison Lachaud Sangnier,” there is one carving shell.  It is fact that tells the history of this refuge where the pilgrims spent their nights in the medieval times).  However each door with a carving of a shell on the door, it is a venue where pilgrims refreshed themselves .DSC_0266In the picture above is the lady I met and had a some interesting conversations.   She told me Treignac is an old medieval village.  The next thing I learned  was about the the houses that are closed.  The owners and their families have left for a new life in big town and cities.  In addition I was told that most these families have never returned for many years.  Their houses are abandoned homes.  And my next question, was “why have they left?”

She then told me that at the time being in her vicinity where she lives, there is only three very old ladies, herself and two of her old friends.  I was surprised to learn of how villages outside Paris have not been developed.  Therefore the younger generations and their children left.  They left because there are nothing in the village to satisfy their modern lifestyle.  There are no jobs in the village. The young residents went to cities and big towns to live and work and they returned.  These houses in the village have been closed for over twenty years.  To learn of beautiful homes remained shut was a shocking news. I am glad I visited the village of Treignac.  I came to the knowledge of what is actually happening in some beautiful parts of France

DSC_0257The village is lively only at summer holidays when schools are closed.  Holiday makers from all parts of Europe visit this medieval village.   Some parents, children and families return to the village and as soon as the holiday comes to a close, they all leave. DSC_0268Above and below is the home of the lady who was so pleased to talk to me about the village.  She was wonderful, appreciative and respective.  What I learned from her, I imagined I would have never known such from a very younger person.DSC_0256There are no fashion shopping for the youths.  There are no cafes or restaurants – if you would only find one or two you’d be lucky.  Fashion lifestyle,  inventions of technology and lots more abides to cities and big towns only. They saw a decline in everyday commodities and social activities to keep their youths active and happy.  Therefore it made the younger generations, families and children vanished.  It is sad to see their homes are closed and lonely.  To be honest I found only one shop in that village that was a “pharmacy.”  There was a Priest’s House on the other side of the road.  It was for sale at the price of 25 thousand euros.DSC_0286

DSC_0233Most jobs and major developments in France are today found in greater cities and towns. If the French youths had everything they needed it would be challenging and lively.  It would be a stay and live in their village.  And holidaying would be even more interesting and alive.DSC_0245Above is a bakery, and it did not work out due to lack of population in the village.  It’s been closed down – so sad and shamed.  Below is a beautiful ancient home with its “la tour” in the middle of its structure. The stone framework is very eye catching.  When in France you will never miss a “la tour,” since they are found everywhere.DSC_0219Below is uniquely the “Chapel Notre Dame of Peace.” The church bell “clochet” has an unusual spire with a twisted design.   The design is very rare to find in the whole of Europe.La Chapelle de Notre Dame 01Leaving behind “The Notre Dame of Peace” we drove further up the road.  We did not want to miss the Chapel of the Penitents “below.” The chapel was built by the “brotherhood” of the White Penitents as a sanctuary from the Protestants in the late 16th  to early 17th century. La chapelle de penitents - 17eme au 19eme siecleThe church has not been in use for many decades.  It is sad to see beautiful Medieval history standing in ruin and not being used.  What a forgotten piece of history, adorable, pretty, interesting.  Not sure if the new generations are being told of their history!DSC_0288



DSC_0283Next I came up the Market Hall in the town which was built in the 12th century.  I met with a couple from Holland who knew no words in French.  The map in their hands was a torture since it was in French and they were looking for the Market Hall.  I spoke in English to them, it was a great relief for them.  They wanted to know where they were and if they were close to the Market Hall.  Luckily we were all walking up the narrow cobbled path to the Market.  When in France if you don’t speak some French, huh, I imagine it is so difficult a time. But still everyone can enjoy a lovely holiday.DSC_0225 - La Halle DSC_0295And below I came across this home that all shutters were open with a lovely garden.  Guess, my camera did not miss it either!DSC_0264

DSC_0231Flower pots on old steps are very much adorable, it is the real French way of livingDSC_0234The stone step which reminded me of the step at my grandmother’s decades ago.  The French has always kept their old tradition living for as long as  it has lived.DSC_0254I love climbing foliage.  They were too nice to allow my camera to miss them.  France is famous for their old walls.  I adore old walls with foliage taking their tolls.  They are just beautiful!DSC_0216
DSC_0274Above and below are pictures of a 17th century Home built in 1806.  Interesting history renovated in its original beauty.DSC_0275


DSC_0294Above is a picture of a Medieval home with its front “La Tour.” Plus it was For Sale “A Vendre.”  I looks like this home is or was a previous Presbytery.  “Carvings of Cross and of Angel on the top of the doorway.”  As I mentioned earlier in one of my paragraph about the Carvings of shells on the doorway. This home has one too.  It would have been a stop to sleep for the pilgrims who passed through the village on their way to Santiago De Compostella. 

In France, mind you, wherever you may go, you will never miss ancient towers which the French calls “La Tour.”One of the most beautiful aspects of France are their “old village petites rue.”  Tranquility, peace and quiet lavish this ancient village.  It was such a pleasure of a chance to have visited the “Treignac Medieval Village.”  I am hoping one day I will return to the Province of Limousin.



  • J

    French Shabby Chic Cabane

    November 6, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    Cher Karra
    Merci de lire mon sujet sur Treignac. C’est en effet un beau village en Limousin.

  • J

    French Shabby Chic Cabane

    September 12, 2016 at 5:51 am

    Beautiful, but masking a sadness. Chatter, laughter, people, cafés, children…if only they were there too to give some heart back to the village.

    1. J

      French Shabby Chic Cabane

      September 12, 2016 at 3:00 pm

      Catherine, it is very true. Such a beautiful village with no movements of youths. Everywhere are locked up and shutters closed. It was more than quiet, though we love tranquility and peace, there was beauty of nature, but no beauty of humanity, such a loss and sadness really. Thank you for stopping by and hope I will continue to read from you. Juli

  • J

    French Shabby Chic Cabane

    September 11, 2016 at 1:07 am

    Thank you Henry. so true, I love it so much how they built the coblestone streets in The Netherland, it is absolutely beautiful. France is beautiful too, the more you go into villages, it may changed your mind to live there one day. And the French are warm people and so welcoming. They love the French accent of foreigners and they will never laugh at you if you don’t speak French perfectly. You should go visit one day. And thank you for stopping by and leaving us a comment. Juli

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    henry de graaf

    September 11, 2016 at 12:54 am

    I wish all towns were like this, made of old stone, with flowers everywhere.
    We have some old stone houses in Owen Sound, but the city is not very charming except in spots. I love old cobblestone streets which remind me of the paved brick streets in most of the towns of Holland.
    Concrete is okay for highways, but I love stones. I’d love to see these villages in France, and live there.

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