26th January 2019 Church and Market visit. Royan, France

We spotted this church while walking around the harbour the other day and thought it would be worth visiting.

Like most of Royan it was heavily bombed during the 2nd world war and had to be rebuilt. The church was blessed on the 10th July 1958 and iIt has become the symbol of this seaside town. Unfortunately it suffers from waterproofing issues which have been accelerated by the marine environment all around it.

In my opinion it is not the most impressive of churches but once we were inside the first thing that we noticed was how calm and peaceful the atmosphere was. The size of the nave that is free from any supports gives it a very spacious feeling.

After walking around it we sat for a while enjoying the peace and tranquillity before heading back out to explore the local shops.

Once outside we stumbled upon the Central Market (Marché central).

It was built in 1955 by architects Louis Simon, and Andre Morisseau and engineer René Sarger, it is a round concrete shell with walls 8 centimetres (3 in) thick. It rests on thirteen peripheral support-points, and has no internal pillars. The displays of fruit, veg, cheese, meat and fish to name but a few were amazing. Outside we spotted a stall dedicated to chillies. It really is a foodies delight!

After walking around what must have been two or three times and taking many photographs we were in need 0f a drink. How handy then to find a little bar outside where we enjoyed a beer whilst listening to the various conversations of what we think were a mix of stallholders and locals. It was a lovely atmosphere and everyone seemed so happy and friendly.

Tired and hungry we decided to head back to the van for a something to eat and an early night as we were leaving in the morning for our next destination.

About Dean

Angela and I decided that there was more to life than working hard to keep up the payments on the mortgage, to pay the gas, electric, phone bills etc. etc. SO............ In 2008 we sold our house, I initially took a year off (Unpaid) and Angela handed in her notice! We bought a motorhome and set off for a year of travelling! This was the best thing we had done in our lives (Apart from getting married) and we have no regrets. During the year I managed to secure a redundancy package which felt very strange. Almost sad as I had worked for the same company for 19 years (BT). It was always our plan to have a whole year off before thinking about the 'W' word. We began applying to the Camping and Caravanning Club (CCC) for the position of Holiday site assistants in August 2009. After the interview, work experience and induction we were finally given a contract at the CCC site in Inverewe (Scotland). Our plan is to work through the summer in the UK then head to Europe to overwinter before coming back to work the following summer season. Hopefully these few words and our blog will inspire others to get off the hamsters wheel and see that there is more to live than having a house and material things. A cliche I know but this is not a rehearsal, life is too short!!! Since our first contract in Scotland we have worked a winter contract in Oxford (never again!) not Oxford but a winter contract. Hereford for two years, living in a yurt for one! And Cornwall. In between our working we have also travelled a bit. Hopefully this website will give you an insight into our alternative lifestyle. Get out there and live the dream!
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