It’s difficult to chose what to do on the weekend du patrimoine. There are so many guided tours, free entries and access to places that are not normally open to the public.
Ready to start our guided walk
Chris’s first Sunday walk of the season was planned for today and we chose to join a guided walk around Ameugny. Josette took us around the village, pointing out some very old houses. Ameugny is Gallo-Roman and was established before the Francs arrived in 532. The Francs called their settlements names beginning with Cor or Con, meaning ‘of’. Cortevaix, Cortamblein, Confrançon etc. So Cormatin means the village of Martin.
Ameugny has some lovely old houses
The tower of the church, Notre Dame l’Assomption, was built in 1050, 30 years before Cluny Abbey, and the nave was finished in the 12th century.
Inside are some 16th century frescos and a chapel dedicated to the du Blé family who were the lords of Cormatin chateau. There is a plaque in latin describing the death of Lady du Blé of the plague. Her brother had been summoned to see her on her deathbed and a few days later he joined her in the family grave in Ameugny.
16th century frescos
We ended up at the pottery exhibition at Les Communs at Bois Dernier. Céramique en terres de Bourgogne, les richesses du caillou. It was organised by Frère Daniel of Taizé and 20 local potters. All the clay and glazes used were mined locally, different colours from different areas.
Frère Daniel’s work
We met with the President of the St Gengoux tourist office (which also runs the Cormatin office in the summer) and to round off the morning he offered us wine and brioche. A good Burgundian custom.
Chris and Sophie enjoy their wine
The sun came out this afternoon and we headed off for an afternoon of horses. The Haras was presenting demonstrations all afternoon. Laetitia Etta could do absolutely anything with her horses, on horseback or on foot, and she didn’t need the reins for a classy display of dressage.
Laetitia and her horse
At the Equivallée was the last day of the Championship of France showjumping event. So we leaned on the rails and watched some very fine horses and riders competing for the Grand Prix.
The French take their jours du patrimoine very seriously and everyone seems to participate in the events and open days. When we first moved here we didn’t know about the heritage weekend and we wondered why we were the only ones left in the village. Today in Cluny there were more people than I’ve seen all summer.