Walked back some 15 km to Futuroscope, a theme park based on multimedia, cinematographic and audio-visual techniques. Their photo of the park looks impressive. Then I returned by train to Poitiers and walked another 5 km sightseeing. I didn’t enter the park, but looked at what they advertised–based on the cars, attendance looked skimpy. Then again, they made it extremely easy to come down from Paris by train.
My main goal was to visit the Notre Dame of Poitiers whose Romanesque architecture and painted interior walls immediately strike you (1st set of three). Then I walked to the Cathedral whose construction, like most, began in the 12th century. Unusual about it is that it has no apse and its broad front vs height gives it an exceptionally huge and boxy look (2nd set of three). I failed to be able to get my credentials stamped at either one, which disappointed me.
It was an eight-hour day, and by the time I came back to my room, I was dragging. I also stopped at the Office de Tourisme; they made me a reservation at tomorrow’s place. We talked about the refugees who were being helped by the Abbey and the lady was facilitating that aid.
For dinner, I walked some five minutes to a local Kebab place, got to chitchatting with the owners who came from Tunisia. They were so taken by my pilgrimage they ended up treating me for dinner–what kindness. We all agreed that our three Abrahamic religions should solve the mess we’re in! So much commonality, yet so much strife–they simply asked that I pray for them! Trail Angels (picture included).