Saint Cyr-du-Bailleul et Château de Lassay, France

Ike’s French Adventure continued with Cheryl and Roger and an exploration of the Normandy countryside with a hike which began at the small village of Saint Cyr-du-Bailleul:

This pretty village had a small church and a number of painted bicycles converted into flower planters:

Inside the church Ike discovered a sarcophagus which was found nearby the village and dates from the 7th century:

Leaving the village Ike soon found himself in rolling farmland with views over the surrounding fields many of which were planted with sweetcorn:

Finishing the walk, Ike rejoined another Route Vert and came across the old station at Barenton-le-Teilleul, this one had been converted into a gite (holiday home):

After the walk Ike then headed towards the village of Lassay-les-Châteaux where firstly he visited the Château du Bois Thibault – a 15th century ruined castle:

Then onto Château de Lassay, a nearly intact fortress which protected its inhabitants from English invasions, Breton wars and wars of religion in the 16th Century: