Tourist Times Together
Volunteers Tour the Market and Aubeterre
To welcome our new volunteers, we had an exciting and busy Monday! Firstly we attended the local Chalais market. From meats to make up, there was something for everyone. Most of our volunteers took advantage of the multiple fruit stalls available and brought home peaches and strawberries for our lunch. We also purchased local cheeses, souveniers and of course the local wine, Pineau.
After devouring our purchases for lunch, we headed to Aubeterre Sur Dronne. Listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France, it is located in South Charente, around 25 minutes from La Giraudière. The group collectively visited The Church of Saint Jean and the useful guides allowed us to understand the history and structure of the old building. It is the largest subterranean church in Europe and it was only rediscoevered in the 1950’s due to a rock fall concealing the church for centuries. After the tour, the group took to the streets and explored the alley ways and found all sorts of shops and cafes to relax in.
In the evening, we were lucky enough to be cooked dinner by our 4 Chinese volunteers at La Giraudière. They made soup, curry, rice and sweet milk tea which was enjoyed by everyone on site! It was a perfect way to welcome our latest volunteers and now we are all back to work again!!