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PostHeaderIcon Taking the tour of Limoges

For all those people who are interested in fine china, ceramics and porcelain, visiting Limoges is one of the must does in an avid traveller’s itinerary. This sleepy and quiet little village not only has made its name throughout the world as a place where you can get high-quality porcelain and ceramics, but also it is one of the historical “pilgrimage” places for people who want to visit a scene of Nazi atrocity during the Second World War.
Firstly, let us go to the National Museum where you are going to see the history of ceramics being created right in front of your eyes, oops on screen. This museum came into existence in 1845 and within the next 40 years, it had reached national status. Make sure that you have a little bit of money in hand, because you would be wont to buy original Limoges at the store out here. Tableware, plates, Limoges ornaments, you dream of which they have it, in the museum. Some of them are of course priceless, and cannot be had for love or money, even on eBay!

Visiting Oradour Sur Glane

this place is rightly known as the village of the martyrs, when one evening, the Nazis decided to make an example of the inhabitants of this village, just because they were being pestered by the resistance. So in one comprehensive attack, the inhabitants were wiped out completely. The French government has done well to keep this village, as is, and you can see every single item left as it was, burnt out and a quiet monument to the brutality of man, towards his own fellow beings. The story of that historical day can be heard through your headphones, in English as well as in French. What really irritated me, when I visited this village was that some people have this annoying tendency of coming to this place talking on the top of their whiny nasal twangs, and getting themselves photographed smiling while they leant on burnt cars and machinery. Treating this desecrated village as a sideshow is not right, nor proper under any tenets of mankind. I did not want to tell them exactly where they could get off, because I had this silly lump in my throat, and I did not want to desecrate the sad atmosphere of this stillness, with bitter acrimony. And then I knew what the reaction would be, “waal, waal,whatdya know, here’s one more bleeding heart come down here with a holy holy holy look, Edna Mae, now I have seen everything, why could not these guys clean this mess up, I would given half a chance” while His Better Half masticated her bubblegum, sniffed, and looked me up and down comprehensively. Before she went back to photographing the toys, mute testimonials to the ugliness of warfare. (Unfortunately, this is true, but the French are too polite to put up signs of “we would request you to treat this place as the village of the martyrs should be treated; with the reverence it deserves.) Remember to visit the museum.

Coming back to more pleasant things, Limoges is definitely a place to visit, in the spring, so the next time you find yourself in the Limousin area, put Limoges on your itinerary.