A Visit to Tourouvre and Bresolettes
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(Note: Click on each photo for more a more detailed visit to that particular location)
September 15, 1998, was a cold, raw, rainy day in northwest France. Françoise and I, along with our friends Carol and Sam Marsella, hired a car and driver to go from the Domaine de Beauvois, in Luynes in the Loire Valley to Tourouvre and Bresolettes in the Perche region.
We were all on a 2-week Tauck tour of Normandy, Brittany, the Loire Valley, and Paris, but decided to leave the tour for one day for a visit to our ancestor Guillaume Pelletier's home in Bresolettes and his wife Michelle (Michèle) Mabille's home town of Tourouvre.
After Christophe, our driver, gave us a harrowing two and half hour drive from Luynes, we arrived in Tourouvre, a town of 1,650, around 11AM. Our first stop was to visit St-Aubin Church where Michelle Mabille was baptized in 1592 and wed Guillaume in 1619.
We then went across the square to visit the former small museum that housed information and displays relating to the Percheron emigration to New France between 1634 and 1651.
After our visit at the museum, we took a short drive to see "La Grande Trappe", the original trappist monastery in the neighboring village of Soligny.
Upon our return to Tourouvre from La Grande Trappe in Soligny, we stopped at the Hotel de France, across the street from St-Aubin Church, for lunch, where we were graciously received by the owner, Mr. Gilbert Feugueur.
After lunch, we made our way back into the Perche Forest to Bresolettes, a village of 21 or so people, to meet the mayor, Xavier Van de Walle, at St-Pierre Church.
The mayor then accompanied us to "La Cristerie", Guillaume Pelletier's home.
It was an unforgettable experience. To visit Bresolettes's web-site (under construction), click here.