Monesties – Yet Another of the Plus Beaux Villages of France

Sunday, we took advantage of – well, I don’t know what you’d call it – a ‘cloud sandwich on sunshine bread’ day. That is, Saturday was grey and cool whilst Friday and Sunday were hot and sunny. So we made the 1h20m schlep to Monesties, yet another of the Plus Beaux Villages of France in the department of Tarn. This makes all four such villages that the Tarn has on the list, including the ones we already visited: Lautrec, Castelnau de Montmiral, and Puycelsi.

Our first stop was the Chapel of St. Jacques. This nearly 250-year-old sign gets your attention:

On the wall outside of the Chapel of St, Jacques (James).

The chapel is renowned for its limestone statues from the 15th C:

Part of a collection of 20 statues from the 15th C.

After that, we strolled around town, which is an exercise that doesn’t take very long in any of the Plus Beaux Villages. We visited the church, the main square, and walked through narrow streets lined with half-timbered houses. There was also a pleasant enough looking inn:

There were a few people taking advantage of the location to sit, rest, and have a drink.

Then we popped over to a stone bridge from the 12th-13th C over the ‘mighty’ Cerou River:

After we left, we tried to visit the ruins of a chateau in nearby Combéfa. There was nothing but a tower at the edge of a woods. “Nothing to see here, folks. Please disperse.”

All in all a pretty place, but I still prefer Castelnau and Lautrec. You may think differently. As usual, click on the link for more photos of Monesties and you can decide for yourself.


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