The Village/Region

Le Puy Notre Dame

Village websitealthough in French provides an excellent summary of the village.  It is an ancient village where winemaking has occurred for over a thousand years.  A huge network of tunnels exists underneath the village, which has been used for wine storange and mushroom growing.  There is a silk museum and a mushroom museum. It is a working village with three schools and many residents spend much of their life.  It is not a commuter village like so many modern communities.  The biggest event of the year is the antique sports car race, Le Grand Prix Rétro, usually on the last weekend of July.  The old cemetary is wonderful.  The twelfth century church offers a rich history related to the pilgrimages.

Many interesting villages and cities surround Le Puy Notre Dame:

Angers: The second largest city nearby, which is 45 minutes away.  A modern city with many young people.

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Doué la Fontaine: This is a small city that is 10 minutes away, known as the rose capital of France.  The site is also a good English reference for some of the small villages nearby Le Puy Notre Dame, which include Brigné-sur-Layon, Concourson-sur-Layon, Denézé-sous-Doué, Forges, Louress Rochemenier, Meigné-sous-Doué, Monfort, Saint George sur Layon, Les Ulmes, and Les Verches-sur-Layon.

Doué La Fontain tourism web site (in English)

Saumur

Wikipedia

Tours: Ab out an 1 and 1/4 away, this is the largest nearby city.  It has an older feel than Angers.Wikipedia

Summary of cities and sites nearby in the department of Maine-et-LoireWikipedia

Summary of cities and sites neaby in the department of Touraine.Wikipedia

Summary of cities and sites nearby in the department of Deux SevreWikipedia

Summary of cities and sites nearby in the department of VienneWikipedia