Facts: 30 km from Paris, 9,200 inhabitants
Tonight was an evening of discovering another town which we knew only as a train stop everytime we go to Paris. We only planned to do some evening promenade in Arpajon – 5 minute-drive from home – when curiosity took us to an untrudged road.
The place is entirely alien to us, which was actually exciting because we just love exploring new territories. After walking past endless terraced houses which gave us the impression that it was just a dormitory town to people working in Paris, we eventually saw a trace of royal history, this cone-shaped roof part of a building which we reckon was part of a chateau or a manor house.
Not far behind, we eventually saw the church tower.
. Let me give a tip here, when you feel like you are getting lost in a place, the sight of a church belltower is your only hope of finding the center, the nucleus of all activity, and definitely, at least a hundred meter radius around it would get you to the most well-preserved bits which they call in Europe, the Old Town.
Indeed, we finally saw what we have been hoping to find which is the medieval part of the town. This is the Romanesque church of Saint Germain with its saw-teeth upper frame on the door
The door is decorated with columns topped by a grimacing human face and water flowing leaves on each side.
This is the mosaic footpath going around the church…nice idea for left over tiles
This is the entire church. The stained glass window is worth going back to!
Just a few steps from the church is this walkway through the park and forest
Really matured trees here. This is the river Orge.
Along the river, we discovered an entire new world! A garden allotment with wooden cottages standing next to each other. This is a way for apartment dwellers with no cultivable land except a small pot of soil to have a chance to grow vegetables for their own consumption. Each plot is rented for a small fee.
and more pumpkins! that means Halloween is not far behind!
Ooppss, a garden dedicated to bees!
and here are the bee boxes..
Saint Germain les Arpajon is also a flower city.
a Village heart, nice!
Another inspiring walk! Huh! what flowers, green surroundings and medieval buildings could do to perk up your soul!