DIRECTIONS_ PARKING AND EXPLORING ST BENOIT du SAULT

Document Sample
DIRECTIONS_ PARKING AND EXPLORING ST BENOIT du SAULT Powered By Docstoc
					DIRECTIONS, PARKING AND EXPLORING ST BENOIT du SAULT

Directions to Les Maisons Apartments

From the north via Paris, leave the A20 motorway at Junction 20 and follow
the road to St Benoit du Sault via Parnac. When you reach the T-Junction a
left turn is signposted to St Benoit du Sault.

As you enter St Benoit, you will pass the Super U Supermarket and Petrol
Station on your right. Follow the road over a set of traffic lights, noting the
main square to the left and right, with the Tourist Office on the left.

At the point just past the Post Office on the right, where the main road ahead
bears to the right, you need to go straight ahead into Rue Grande. This is the
beginning of the ancient medieval centre, where some of the lanes are quite
narrow.

Slowly proceed ahead until you see the Patisserie facing you on the corner.
Go forward a few yards leaving the Patisserie Shop on your left (we suggest
you try her Mille Feuille - superb with a cup of tea or coffee). Very slowly
continue past the Patisserie Workshop/Bakery on your left into Rue du 8th
Mai 1945 where you will see a large dark Green Door on your left. This is Les
Maisons Apartments.

We suggest you park here briefly to unload. You will probably not be blocking
the road as Rue du 8th Mai 1945 is a quiet little street.

Having left your luggage you may briefly drive out of the ancient centre by
going to the small T- Junction at the end of the Rue du 8th Mai and turning
right down past the Mairie, to the busy main road. Exit carefully, turning right
up the hill to re-enter the ancient centre again via Rue Grande.

FROM LIMOGES AIRPORT

Limoges and the Airport are south of St Benoit du Sault. When you leave the
airport, follow the left turn sign to Poitiers and towards the A20 northbound.
Follow A20 signs towards Chateauroux and Paris direction. This will take you
on to the A20 northbound just north of Limoges. Having joined the A20,
continue north for 25-35 minutes and turn off at junction 21, following signs
over the motorway to bear right towards St Benoit du Sault. After a 5-10
minutes you will you reach a T junction and see a good view of St Benoit on
your right.

Turn right here and follow the right curving road slowly up the hill. Slow down
as you reach the top and take a sharp right turn into the old part of the village.

This is Rue Grande and the beginning of the ancient medieval centre, where
some of the lanes are quite narrow. Slowly proceed ahead until you see the
Patisserie facing you on the corner. Go forward a few yards leaving the
Patisserie Shop on your left (we suggest you try her Mille Feuille - superb with
a cup of tea or coffee).

Very slowly continue past the Patisserie Workshop/Bakery on your left into
Rue du 8th Mai 1945 where you will see a large dark Green Door on your left.
This is Les Maisons Apartments.

We suggest you park here briefly to unload. You will probably not be blocking
the road as Rue du 8th Mai 1945 is a quiet little street.

Having left your luggage you may briefly drive out of the ancient centre by
going to the small T- Junction at the end of the Rue du 8th Mai and turning
right down past the Mairie, to the busy main road. Exit carefully, turning right
up the hill to re-enter the ancient centre again via Rue Grande.

PARKING
There is ample parking space in St Benoit du Sault.

Parking everywhere in St Benoit is free.

* Le Bourg

There is usually ample space in Le Bourg area even on busy days. This a
useful place to park as there is a pedestrian access that brings you out in
Place Herve Faye, which is just a few seconds from Les Maisons Apartments.

*Place Herve Faye or Place de la Republic

Other parking spaces are usually available close to the apartments at either
Place Herve Faye in front of the Notaire’s office, or in Place de la Republic,
opposite the Internet Café. You may reach these parking options easily via
the informal one-way system around the ancient centre.

There are regular events in St Benoit du Sault, including a Fete and Vide
Grenier (literally “Vacuum Loft”) or car boot sale where they close the roads in
the centre. Only in these extreme circumstances, will it be necessary to leave
your car in the main square, and only if Le Bourg parking area is full.

EXPLORING

Although there is much to discover in and around St Benoit, we suggest you
may care to take an initial, short exploratory stroll through Place Herve Faye,
down the cobbled hill through Rue Beauregard, into Rue du Portugal.

This very picturesque walk will lead you down to a small rustic stone bridge. If
you cross the bridge and look back, you will see fine views of St Benoit du
Sault. As you meander through the narrow streets, it is worth looking out for
the unusual and distinctive architectural features found on many of the ancient
houses and buildings in St Benoit du Sault.
From the bridge, you may retrace your steps back up Rue du Portugal as far
as the path on the left that leads up past Le Fort and on to the Church. The
return to the apartments is a steady climb up the Rue Emile Guinepain,
through the ancient Portail. If you look under the Portail you will see the
opening in the masonry where there was once a Port Cullis. Then turn left into
Rue Emile Surun into Place de la Republique and left into Place d’Enchere
(Bidding or Auction Square) and back to Rue du 8th Mai 1945.

Two full size examples of the enclosed map, listing many points of interest in
and around St Benoit du Sault, stand in the main square close to the Tourist
Office. The main square is just a short stroll from the apartments, back
through Rue Grande.

In addition to the Super U supermarket who keeps a good selection of daily
baked bread and cakes, meat, fish, wine, general groceries and other
household items, there is a comprehensive selection of shops in the village.

These include two ladies and a men’s hairdresser, a restaurant, two bars, two
butchers, another two bread shops plus a separate patisserie, a general
grocers in Place Herve Faye. There is also a newspaper and bookshop,
pharmacy, a photography shop, florists and a fine china shop – all in Rue
Grande, plus many more shops around the village.

For more information on places to go, things to do visit the tourist centre in St
Benoit du Sault.

				
DOCUMENT INFO
Shared By:
Categories:
Stats:
views:13
posted:3/2/2010
language:English
pages:4