A day in the medieval city of Le Mans, and not a racing car in sight.

We decided to use the holidays to explore a little of the area around us. Le Mans is an hour’s drive away, so we chose a sunny day and headed off. We bought a guide at a little tourist office and followed a circuit around the very compact medieval centre.

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The cathedral of St Julien with chapel ceiling painted with musical angels and original medieval stained glass windows.

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The red pillar house. About ten houses in the old centre have pillars outside which reflect the occupation of the owner. The red pillar is reputed to be at the house of the town executioner – red from him wiping his hands on it. We saw another carved with keys.

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The narrow cobbled streets we walked through with many timbered houses.

The narrow cobbled streets we walked through with many timbered houses.

Menhir by the cathedral, supposedly resembling St Julien!

Menhir by the cathedral, supposedly resembling St Julien!

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