Ditch the city for the countryside, to discover a fairy-tale come alive. If you’ve been fed a heavy dose of fiction while growing up, Saint Ceneri le Gerei IS your ‘wonderland’ for real.
While Paris itself is enough to drown you in its beauty, I’d suggest you spare a couple of days to explore the lesser known tiny hamlets in the countryside of France. Not only will you be pleasantly surprised but will also be awestruck by how much more the country has to offer.
A commune in the north-western part of France, Saint Ceneri le Gerei lies some 200 km west of Paris in the Orne department. Listed amongst the most beautiful villages in France, the place is named after ‘Genericus’, an Italian hermit who lived here in the 8th century.
If you’re looking for plenty of things to do, you’re probably in the wrong place. However, if you just want to let loose, dip your feet in the clear waters of the river running right through the village or nibble on an apple or two while you differentiate between the various hues of the autumn leaves, it doesn’t get better than this place.
That said, summer is perhaps the best season to visit the place when the flowers are in full bloom and this pretty little hamlet assumes a character of its own. However, it is also one of the busiest times of the year. So, these moments of solitude are best forgotten at such times.
As you take a walk around the place, make sure to stop by at some of these: